Springer could sit for a few to rest ailing quad

July 25th, 2017

PHILADELPHIA -- Astros outfielder , who was removed from Monday's game in the third inning with left quad discomfort, might not play until Friday. The Astros are off Thursday, so manager A.J. Hinch said he might keep Springer tied to the bench on Tuesday and Wednesday to give him three full days of rest.

"It's obvious," Hinch said. "George doesn't like it, but it makes perfect sense to potentially sit out these two games. He may be available [Wednesday]. I don't want to count him out, because you never know how quickly he could bounce back. Having an easy rest day on Thursday leads to the obvious decision of playing it safe and giving him tomorrow off, too."

The Astros called up late Monday from Triple-A Fresno, and he started in center field Tuesday against the Phillies.

In the second inning Monday, Springer's spike got caught in the ground while he was fielding a double off the wall hit by Tommy Joseph, though the outfielder was able to finish the inning, making a catch on a ball hit by and throwing to first for an inning-ending double play.

"He's doing fine," Hinch said. "He was in great spirits today. He was bouncing around and doing cardio stuff. He did elliptical and did some treatment. He'll have minimal activity on the field, but most of our guys have had minimal activity on the field pregame. He's feeling fine. I don't anticipate it being too lingering. We'll have a decision to make tomorrow and see who's available."