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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Astros Injury Update: George Springer, Matt Albers, Josh Zeid

By on 7/30/2014 12:00:00 PM

The Houston Astros (43-64) have been struggling all season with various injuries and their luck does not look like it will be getting better anytime soon.  Rookie outfielder George Springer took batting practice for the first time on Tuesday, according to Brian McTaggart of  Pitchers Matt Albers and Josh Zeid will continue to be on the disabled list indefinitely, but both hope to return before the season ends.

George Springer has been on the DL with a left quad strain since July 19th and is eligible to be activated to the Astros this coming Tuesday but it is not likely because he needs to go on a rehab assignment before joining the major league team.  Springer has helped the team tremendously after being called up in the middle of April.  He is batting .231/.336/.468 with 20 homeruns and 51 RBIs in only 78 games in the Majors.

Astros relief pitcher Matt Albers has been on the DL since April 22nd with shoulder tendinitis but says that he is beginning to feel ‘pretty good’.  The Astros hope that he will be able to throw off a mound on Friday for the first time since his DL stint started.  Albers has a .90 ERA in the eight games he was able to pitch in this season. 

Finally, right hander Josh Zeid was examined by a foot specialist on Tuesday.  He went on the DL on Friday with bilateral sesamoiditis.  Bilateral sesamoiditis is the inflammation of the sesamoid bones of the big toe.  The Astros hope that Zeid will be able to avoid surgery, but they are still awaiting results from the specialist, according to McTaggart.

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