Fans hoping to see George Springer play this weekend against the Rangers got bad news Wednesday night. The rookie outfielder suffered a setback in his rehab from a quad strain in his left leg.
Before Wednesday's rehab game with Quad Cities (couldn't they have sent him to less on-the-nose affiliate?), general manager Jeff Luhnow told Matt Thomas on SportsTalk 790 that Springer could be in Philadelphia for Thursday's series finale and likely would be in Houston for the weekend Rangers' series.
In the River Bandits' game, however, Springer re-aggravated the strain after hitting a double in the first inning. Though he continued to play, he was removed later in the game according to Bo Porter (via Evan Drellich).
"George actually came out of the game tonight," Astros manager Bo Porter said after a 10-3 Astros loss to the Phillies. "But he hit a double, and kind of felt a little bit in his quad, so for precautionary reasons, we went ahead and pulled him out of the game. He will go back to Houston tomorrow have a day off and report to the park on Friday."
Springer has hit .231/.336/.468 in 78 games and 345 plate appearances this season. He's also got 20 home runs, five stolen bases and 45 runs scored this season.
Drellich indicates the setback could keep Springer out days or weeks longer, but there's been no official word from Luhnow or the Astros on a revised timetable.