In case you missed it. George Springer suffered a hip flexor injury in the ninth inning of last night’s game. Springer is not in tonight’s lineup against Roenis Elias and the Seattle Mariners. Hopefully the injury isn’t serious. George seems fairly confident that he will be back soon.
Springer’s fourth inning homer was one of only two Astros’ hits in the 2-1 loss at the hands of Jared Weaver and the Angels. Adding insult to injury, Springer was hurt when Weaver picked him off of first base for the second out of the ninth. That, after Weaver had plunked him on the behind with a pitch.
Here’s the video.
Ouch. That looked like it hurt.
But it also looked like Pujols missed the tag. Oh well, back to the more important issue.
After the game, Springer told Evan Drellich:
“I’ll be alright.”
Drellich also reported that Springer’s initial strength test after the injury was “better than anticipated”.
Springer said he didn’t think he would need a DL stint
— Evan Drellich (@EvanDrellich) May 22, 2014
After a brief adjustment period, the rookie seems to be more comfortable at the big league level now. And, watching him play, there’s no denying his prodigious athleticism. The diving catches. The long homeruns. The speed on the bases. This guy is the entire package. We’ve also seen some misplays and blunders along the way, but that’s to be expected.
For Springer, it’s just a matter of getting better acclimated to the league. The more experience he gains — the better. But sitting out a few days to heal up would only be a minor hiccup to his development. Rushing back too early and making the injury worse is what we need to look out for.
So, get well soon, George. But, take your time — if you know what I mean.