After a week of sitting on the bench, star center fielder George Springer is set to return to the starting lineup Monday for the Houston Astros' series opener against the division rival Oakland Athletics.

Springer had been dealing with a sore left quad and has been available as a bench option. He came in to pinch hit once yesterday against the Los Angeles Angels, but struck out in his only appearance.


He will resume his role batting leadoff and is back his normal center field spot as the defending champs fight to secure their spot at the top of the AL West once again. They are only 1.5 games ahead of A's, so having him back in the lineup this series is of great importance with an eye toward the postseason.

Springer, 28, is currently batting .249 with 19 home runs to go along with 59 RBIs in 133 games this season. There is no doubt that Astro fans are excited to have the reigning World Series MVP back and fully healthy.