Astros shut down George Springer for the season

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Houston Astros rookie George Springer will stay sidelined the rest of the year to allow his injured quadriceps more time to heal, the team announced Tuesday.

Springer suffered the injury July 19 and hasn't appeared in a game since. He experienced discomfort running the bases Aug. 6, delaying his recovery.

"Collectively, we all came up with it," interim manager Tom Lawless said. "It's the best thing for the organization." 

The 24-year-old slugger turned heads with his first taste of the big leagues, setting a franchise record with 15 home runs before the All-Star break. The Astros hope the extra rest will allow Springer to play the whole season next year.

"The goal is for me to play 162 games and for me it’s tough," Springer told MLB.com. "Being a player and a competitor, I want to play, but at the same time you have to protect yourself and sometimes you have to do things you don’t want to do."

Springer finishes his inaugural campaign with a .231/.336/.468 slash line and 20 homers in 78 games.

10:31 AM

Return still uncertain for Astros' Springer

10:31 AM

George Springer ran the bases Sunday for the first time since aggravating his quadriceps strain in early August, however, the Houston Astros remain unsure if the 24-year-old rookie will return this season, according to MLB.com.

"It's just a day-to-day kind of thing and we'll see how it feels and how he reacts to what happens," interim manager Tom Lawless said. "We'll see what happens."

Springer last took the field for the Astros on July 19 and suffered a setback in his recovery while running the bases during a rehab game Aug. 6. The former first-round pick continues to take batting practice and complete outfield drills, but the club won't put him on the field until he is 100 percent.

"Do we want to risk putting him out there?" Lawless said. "If he's healthy and totally healthy, then we have no problem."

Aug 28, 4:42 PM

Astros manager: Springer expected to return in early September

Aug 28, 4:42 PM

Houston Astros manager Bo Porter seems confident outfielder George Springer will return to the lineup shortly, telling MLB Network Radio on Thursday that the injured 24-year-old should be back by early September.

Springer hasn't taken the field for the Astros since July 19 due to a quadriceps strain. Though he was expected to miss only a few weeks, Springer aggravated his condition during a rehabilitation game Aug. 6 and was consequently shut down for two weeks.

Aug 23, 8:57 PM

Astros' Springer 'making progress' with quadriceps rehab

Aug 23, 8:57 PM

Houston Astros outfielder George Springer is taking batting practice and running as he continues to rehab a right quadriceps strain, manager Bo Porter announced Saturday.

"He's making progress," Porter said.

Springer has been out since July 20 due to the injury and suffered a setback during a minor-league rehab game on Aug. 6, which caused him to spend additional time on the disabled list.

"It's tough to not be out there with my teammates," Springer said. "That's the hardest part of being on the DL. But the good thing is that we're playing good baseball, so that makes it easier to take."

The rookie is hitting .231 with 20 home runs in 78 games, but there is still no timetable for his return.

Aug 12, 6:20 PM

Astros' Springer suffers setback, out 2 more weeks

Aug 12, 6:20 PM

Save for occasionally stirring the pot by rushing prospects through their minor-league system, the Houston Astros have proven themselves to be a pretty patient franchise. 

That patience is being tested by 24-year-old rookie outfielder George Springer. Out with a right quadriceps strain since July 19, Springer's recovery is taking longer than expected, and he's suffered a setback that will delay his return at least another fortnight. 

Springer was initially expected to be activated last week, but he tweaked the quad in a rehab game on Aug. 6, and though manager Bo Porter and GM Jeff Luhnow both said the setback was minor, it looks like Springer's timetable will have to be reset. 

"It's tough because I'm a competitor and want to go out there and help the team, but I’ve got to get healthy and see what happens," Springer said after receiving the prognosis. "I want to go out there and compete with these guys and be able to help and not be a cheerleader. I want to be able to play, but you’ve got to be smart."

"This type of injury, he should be able to come back from," said Luhnow. "Obviously, we’re going to be very cautious with bringing him back, but we still have plenty of time. I expect he’ll play the month of September here."

In 78 games this season, Springer has slashed .231/.336/.468 with 20 home runs (about one every 15 at-bats). The Astros are 34-44 with him in uniform, and 15-26 without him. 

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Aug 11, 7:27 PM

Astros GM: Springer 'days' away from returning to lineup

Aug 11, 7:27 PM

Houston Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow seems confident that injured outfielder George Springer will return to the lineup soon, according to MLB.com's Brian McTaggart.

Hampered by a sore quadriceps since July 19, Springer was expected to return to the lineup last week but suffered a setback during a rehab game with the Quad Cities River Bandits on Aug. 6.

Aug 7, 6:01 PM

Astros manager: Springer's setback was minor; could be activated soon

Aug 7, 6:01 PM

George Springer suffered a setback during Wednesday's rehabilitation game in the Midwest League, but Astros manager Bo Porter still believes the 24-year-old could return to Houston's lineup shortly, according to MLB.com's Brian McTaggart.

The club intended to re-evaluate Springer after Wednesday's game and perhaps even activate him from the disabled list. However, Springer tweaked his wonky right quadriceps while legging out a double and promptly headed back to Houston, where he presumably underwent further examination.

Springer, who owns a 123 OPS+ with 20 home runs through 78 games this season, last took the field for the Astros on July 19.

Aug 6, 10:31 PM

Astros' Springer suffers setback during rehab game

Aug 6, 10:31 PM

George Springer's immediate return to the Houston Astros is in doubt after the outfielder suffered a setback during a rehab game with the Quad Cities River Bandits on Wednesday.

The original plan was to reassess Springer after the rehab game and make a decision on whether or not to activate him, but this latest setback likely means the 24-year-old won't be able to return when he's eligible to come off the disabled list.

Springer's performance would likely have seen him get activated in time for Thursday's game against the Philadelphia Phillies after putting together two positive plate appearances when he doubled and drew a walk before he was replaced in the fifth inning.

He will likely undergo tests on the quad to determine the seriousness of the injury.

Aug 6, 6:24 PM

Astros to decide on Springer's return after Wednesday's rehab game

Aug 6, 6:24 PM

George Springer's return to the Houston Astros is dependent on his performance Thursday night during a rehab start, according to MLB.com's Brian McTaggart.

Springer, who was placed on the disabled list in late July because of a right quad strain, could be activated in time for Thursday's game against the Philadelphia Phillies if the young outfielder doesn't experience any setbacks with the Quad Cities River Bandits.

His introduction back into the Astros' lineup will be a welcome one after the 24-year-old clubbed 20 home runs with 51 RBIs and hit .231/.336/.468 since making his major-league debut in April.

Aug 5, 7:20 PM

Astros GM hopes to see Springer return to lineup this week

Aug 5, 7:20 PM

Though it seems unlikely injured outfielder George Springer will return to the lineup when first eligible, Houston Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow is optimistic the 24-year-old rookie will be back in action this week, according to MLB.com's Brian McTaggart.

Springer landed on the disabled list July 23 due to a right quad strain and only began a rehabilitation assignment Monday with the Quad Cities River Bandits of the Midwest League.

Aug 2, 4:57 PM

Astros manager: Springer should be activated Tuesday for series with Phillies

Aug 2, 4:57 PM

Houston Astros rookie phenom George Springer should be returning to the lineup soon after being placed on the disabled list with a quad injury.

The Astros have two games remaining against the Toronto Blue Jays this weekend, an off-day Monday and then head to Philadelphia for a three-game set.

Houston is 3-7 since the budding star hit the DL.

July 23, 4:51 PM

Astros place Springer on 15-day DL with strained quad

July 23, 4:51 PM

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The Houston Astros made a surprising roster move prior to Wednesday's clash with the Oakland Athletics.

Springer has missed the last two games with knee and quad issues, but manager Bo Porter said Tuesday his rookie phenom wouldn't need a stint on the disabled list.

The 24-year-old swatted 20 home runs and 51 RBIs in 78 games since being promoted from the minors.

The Astros are already shorthanded in the outfield due to injuries to Dexter Fowler and Alex Presley.

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July 22, 7:42 PM

Astros' Springer not in lineup Tuesday vs. Athletics

July 22, 7:42 PM

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Rookie phenom George Springer is not in the Houston Astros starting lineup Tuesday night vs. the Oakland Athletics.

Springer was sidelined Sunday with knee and quad issues, but was hopeful he'd be able to play Tuesday.

The 24-year-old is still considered day-to-day and leads the team with 20 home runs and 51 RBIs.

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July 20, 7:07 PM

Astros' Springer underwent MRI on ailing knee

July 20, 7:07 PM

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Houston Astros rookie phenom George Springer disclosed some surprising information regarding his ailing knee after the team's 11-7 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Sunday.

Springer was scratched from the lineup on July 11 with right knee discomfort and later assumed designated-hitter duties during an interleague series with the Boston Red Sox in order to get some additional rest.

Obviously, the MRI came back clean but the issue did keep him out of the lineup for Sunday's win.

The Astros have an off-day Monday before a three-game set in Oakland, which bodes well for Springer's knee.

The 24-year-old outfielder has belted 20 home runs and driven in 51 runs in only 78 games.