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Saturday, August 2, 2014

Astros Injury Update: Jesus Guzman, George Springer


By on 8/02/2014 02:30:00 PM

Houston Astros first baseman Jesus Guzman was removed from Friday night’s game against the Toronto Blue Jays with back spasms, reports Brian McTaggart of MLB.com. McTaggart adds that rookie outfielder George Springer is waiting to be able to run at full speed before he begins a minor league rehab assignment:



Guzman tied the game in the fourth inning with an RBI single before being removed. Manager Bo Porter said Guzman’s back suddenly tightened up on him and that he will be evaluated by team trainers on Saturday before a decision about a possible trip to the disabled list is made.  

One of the rare veterans on Houston’s roster, Guzman only has 160 plate appearances as a pinch hitter, left fielder and first baseman off the bench. Guzman is batting .200/.275/.269 this season.  

Jonathan Singleton, the team’s usual starter at first base, replaced Guzman on Friday night.

Springer was placed on the disabled list on July 23 with a strained left quad. He’s been able to take batting practice but won’t begin a rehab assignment until he feels comfortable running on the quad at full speed.

The 24-year-old has lived up to the hype, posting an .804 OPS and blasting 20 home runs through his first 78 games in the majors. Newly acquired Jake Marisnick will get a chance to play every day with Springer, Dexter Fowler and Alex Presley all out with injury. 

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