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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Astros Injury Update: George Springer starts rehab

By on 8/05/2014 11:00:00 AM

The Houston Astros defeated the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday by the score of 6-1. The win improved the Astros to 47-65, fourth in the American League West. Although 28th in the Major Leagues in ERA, the Astros in runs scored and improved over last year's team that won only 51 games. One reason for the improvement is the emergence of rookie George Springer, who should return soon from a quadriceps injury.

Our own Darius Austin reported yesterday that Springer was set to begin his rehab assignment at Quad City. Although Springer is eligible to return Tuesday, it was unlikely because he would have to fly to Philadelphia to rejoin the team a day after flying to Iowa

An update on Springer, according to the official website of the Quad City River Bandits, is that he started at designated hitter for the River Bandits and hit third. He went 0-for-1 with two walks and a strikeout before leaving the game for a pinch runner in the fifth inning.

Springer, a 24-year old rookie, is batting .231 with 20 home runs and 51 RBI this season. He needs to make more contact, as he's struck out 114 times in just 295 at bats, but he has tremendous power. In 1,078 career Minor League at bats, Springer has 65 home runs and 207 RBI.

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