Rookie slugger George Springer has been improving dramatically since a rough and, occasionally, embarrassing start to his major league career with the Houston Astros. And what Springer made happen Wednesday night — along with what happened to George — was a microcosm of his results so far with the Astros.
His performance included the highs of hitting a home run and making an awesome run-saving catch in the outfield, putting together possibly his best game yet. There were lows, too, and they all came on the same humiliating play in the ninth inning. They say bad things come in threes:
• Springer injured his right hip flexor diving into the tag of Albert Pujols.
• Pujols accidentally kicked Springer in the face with the bottom of his shoe.
George just got way too curious. Rather than digging a figurative hole for himself to crawl into, Springer limped off the field, body and (presumably) pride bruised. The Astros lost to the Angels 2-1, but didn't head to the clubhouse immediately because Springer was hurting in the dugout.
Half an hour later, the pain had subsided and, reporter Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle notes, general manager Jeff Luhnow said Springer was responding well to medical tests. He might be able to skip the disabled list — we'll find out soon — but it's a potentially tricky injury. Either way, it's an unfortunate series of events.
Springer's stats aren't great yet overall. He's batting .240/.326/.710 with four home runs and 48 strikeouts in 141 plate appearances. But, he's slugging .522 over the past two weeks and his on-base plus slugging is .802 over the past month. That'll work. He's coming along. Hopefully, he'll bounce back quick from this injury and get to improving on the field.
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