Springer day to day after HBP to elbow

Outfielder has contusion on left arm; X-rays negative

August 25th, 2020

HOUSTON -- is likely to miss both games of Tuesday’s doubleheader after he was plunked on the left elbow by Jacob Barnes in the sixth inning of the Astros’ 11-4 win over the Angels on Monday. An X-ray taken on the elbow revealed a contusion.

“The first thing that went through my mind is, 'I just hope nothing's broken,'” manager Dusty Baker said. “I was hoping he got muscle and not the bone, but it got a little bit of the bone and some of the muscle. It hit him in a bad spot.”

Springer was hit by a 95 mph fastball from Barnes and immediately crumpled to his knees in obvious pain. He was tended to by assistant athletic trainer Lee Meyer and then attempted to walk to first, but he knelt down again, trying to gather himself.

Springer originally intended to stay in the game, but during an Angels pitching change, he left the field and headed toward the clubhouse. Myles Straw pinch-ran at first base.

“I’m glad George came out of the game,” Baker said. “He wanted to run, but I'm glad he came out and didn’t try to be a hero. He probably won't be available for either game [Tuesday]. But the good news is that nothing's broken.”