Astros' Springer hits IL with Grade 2 hamstring strain
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George Springer is hurt again.

The Houston Astros outfielder was officially placed on the 10-day injured list Saturday with a left hamstring strain, a day after removing himself from a game versus the Boston Red Sox, according to the Houston Chronicle's Chandler Rome.

Houston recalled outfielder Derek Fisher from Triple-A Round Rock to replace him on the roster.

General manager Jeff Luhnow said Springer sustained a Grade 2 strain, which is more severe than similar injuries suffered by some of his teammates in the past, according to Rome. However, the news did bring a bit of relief to manager A.J. Hinch, who was not feeling optimistic following Friday's game.

"(It's) not as dramatic as we feared," Hinch told reporters Saturday, adding that while Springer will likely miss a significant amount of time, the team feels it "avoided a catastrophe."

Springer hurt himself on a sliding catch attempt in the eighth inning Friday. After narrowly avoiding a collision with teammate Aledmys Diaz while sliding feet-first in an attempt to catch a foul ball, Springer was slow to get up before limping back to his position in right field. However, he quickly called for Astros training staff and was escorted off the field and into the clubhouse.


Friday marked Springer's first game in almost a week. He had missed the Astros' previous four contests with lower back tightness.

The 29-year-old went 0-for-3 with an RBI on Friday and is now hitting .308/.389/.643 with an AL-best 17 homers and 42 RBIs this season.

Astros' Springer hits IL with Grade 2 hamstring strain
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