Astros lose George Springer, reportedly call up Derek Fisher
By Brian Murray
The Astros beat the Red Sox, but at a high cost. George Springer is likely headed to the Injured List and rumors are Derek Fisher is called up.
Springer returned to the Astros‘ lineup last night after missing a few games due to back stiffness, only to injure his hamstring three at-bats later. A. J. Hinch said he wasn’t looking forward to the diagnosis and indicated he would probably end up on the IL. Fisher may be coming back up to replace him.
There are already strong rumors this morning that Derek Fisher has been called up from Round Rock, Houston’s AAA affiliate. If you recall, Fisher came up for two games that were played down in Monterrey Mexico earlier in the season. He only had one at-bat in that series.
Springer attempted to make a sliding catch on Xander Bogaert‘s pop-up in foul territory in the eighth inning and came up holding his left hamstring. He limped toward the dugout and was replaced by Tony Kemp.
“We’ll get him evaluated,” Hinch said. “I’m not looking forward to the diagnosis, to be honest. It doesn’t look very good. He never pulls himself out of a game like that; he was limping from the very beginning.”
Derek Fisher is slashing .314/.379/.555 with a .934 OPS. He has eight home runs, 28 runs, and 24 RBIs on the season, he’s also swiped six bases. He’s been heating up at the plate even more lately hitting .400 and has an OPS of 1.053 over his last seven games.
I’m sure everyone is going to wonder why not Kyle Tucker or Yordan Alvarez. But I would guess they are still waiting until early June to call either one of them up to ensure they have passed the Super Two cutoff date.
Springer has been the spark of this offense and was on his way to having an MVP type of year. We can only hope this won’t be too long of a rehab and he can get back to playing the All-Star caliber type of play we’ve enjoyed this season.