Just a few days removed from exiting a previous game early with back tightness, George Springer left the Astros matchup against the Boston Red Sox on an awkward slide, leading many to wonder if an IL stint is in his future.
Springer, the frequent leadoff hitter for the powerhouse Astros, seems well on his way to another All-Star campaign, as he's batting .313 with a .396 on-base percentage. Any prolonged absence would be a huge loss for the Stros at this point of the season.
The two-time All-Star has proven fragile this season, but in the past two years has appeared in 140 games apiece. Houston, of course, cannot predict injuries to its core group, yet a semi-talented farm system allots them an advantage over most teams
Per manager AJ Hinch, the ailment could keep Springer out for some time.
"We'll get him evaluated. I'm not looking forward to the diagnosis, to be honest," Hinch told reporters. "It doesn't look very good. He never pulls himself out of a game like that."
The initial prognosis doesn't look promising, but Springer could find himself on the IL very soon.