The news we hoped wasn't coming has now arrived. George Springer, after being hit last night in the hand with a pitch, will be placed on the 15-day disabled list with a wrist fracture.
#Astros officially place OF George Springer on the 15-day DL (right wrist fracture) and select OF Alex Presley from Triple A Fresno.— #VoteAltuve (@astros) July 2, 2015
In a corresponding move, RHP Brad Peacock has been transferred to the 60-day DL.— #VoteAltuve (@astros) July 2, 2015
Royals pitcher Edinson Volquez hit Springer with a pitch in the fifth inning. Springer was checked by the training staff and stayed in the game. Springer would slide head-first into third later in the inning and score. Springer would leave the game after this inning.
Springer was hitting .264 (73x276) with 14 doubles, 13 home runs, 29 RBI and 14 stolen bases in 75 games this season. He currently ranks fifth among all American League outfielders in OPS (.822), posting strong on-base (.365) and slugging percentages (.457) on the season.
Alex Presley, who joined the Astros before the 2014, was designated for assignment earlier this year and cleared waivers. Presley has batted .308 (74x240) with 12 doubles, 35 RBI and 10 stolen bases in 64 games for the Grizzlies.
The injury looks to keep Springer out of the lineup for six-to-eight weeks, as the injury doesn't require surgery.
"It's possible at the six-week mark he'll be healed enough to get back to playing baseball," Luhnow said of Springer.— Jose de Jesus Ortiz (@OrtizKicks) July 2, 2015
Jeff Luhnow to me: "This is not a surgical route. The particular bone, it's a nondisplaced fracture, it'll heal on its own." #Astros— Chandler Rome (@Chandler_Rome) July 2, 2015
The Astros also optioned Michael Feliz to Double A Corpus Christi. The move will clear a roster spot for right-handed pitcher Dan Straily, who will start for Houston tomorrow night in Boston.