George Springer has been on the Astros disabled list since July 20 with a left quad strain. During that time on the shelf, Alex Presley has turned from a similar injury, Springer retweaked his injury on a rehab assignment, he has taken batting practice with the team, Astros General Manager Jeff Luhnow set a timetable for his return in the last home stand (which is now), and he has done running drills as recently as Sunday. But, the Astros have announced that Springer will be shut down for the remainder of the 2014 season:
Tom Lawless announced OF George Springer has been shut down for the rest of the season. #Astros— Houston Astros (@astros) September 16, 2014
Lawless on Springer decision: "Collectively we all came up with it. It's the best thing for the organization." #Astros— Houston Astros (@astros) September 16, 2014
The decision is in fact the best move the Astros can make at this moment if Springer isn't one hundred percent. 2015 is more important than the two final weeks of 2014 season. It would hurt more to not have Springer for Spring Training and Opening Day then have him for a week of home games in a losing season.
Now that George Springer's season stats are final, he batted .231 (68-295) with 20 home runs, 51 RBIs, 5 stolen bases, and .804 OPS.