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Thursday, August 7, 2014

Astros Injury Update: George Springer, Dexter Fowler, Alex Presley

By on 8/07/2014 11:00:00 AM

George Springer's return from the DL will be put on hold for at least a short while as the Houston Astros outfielder suffered a setback during his rehab game at Class A Quad Cities.'s Brian McTaggart reports that Springer left his second outing early after aggravating his injured quad, but had better news about Dexter Fowler and Alex Presley, who should be starting a rehab assignments of their own shortly.

Springer left in the fifth inning after feeling something in his quad following a double. McTaggart spoke to Astros manager Bo Porter, who suggested that Springer's removal was mostly precautionary:
"He hit a double and felt it a little bit in his quad and for precautionary reasons we went ahead and pulled him out of the game," Porter said after his team's 10-3 loss.
Porter had originally suggested that Springer might be ready to return by Friday but that seems unlikely with this development. It's not clear what the next step will be but a full rehab game playing the field with no issues would presumably be what the Astros want to see before bringing him back.

Fowler and Presley may now return at a similar time to Springer, with McTaggart reporting that both are close to starting an assignment. Fowler should be ready at some point in the next week, while there was no specific timeframe for Presley but Porter also told McTaggart he was close after sitting out for a month with an oblique strain.

The return of all three will naturally create a playing time crunch in the Houston outfield. Presley himself had benefitted from Fowler's absence, getting playing time in center field, so current centerfielder Jake Marisnick may lose out, as will Robbie Grossman, playing right instead of Springer. Left field has been something of a rotation for the Astros and so they may continue to mix and match there with a few players, as well as sending at least one outfielder down.

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