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Astros’ Jake Marisnick out 6-to-8 weeks with a fractured right thumb

The Astros have lost a key defensive weapon.

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Jake Marisnick has proven to be one of the Houston Astros’ strongest weapon in the outfield and on the basepaths. But the Astros will not have to learn to live without him for at least until the playoffs are midway through, if not more.

The Astros announced on Thursday that Marisnick fractured his right thumb during Wednesday's game. He will be out approximately 6 to 8 weeks after surgery to repair his thumb.

Marisnick, 26, injured his right thumb while sliding into second base in the top of the third inning in the Astros’ 9-1 loss to the Angels.

The injury will increase the playing time of waiver acquisition Cameron Maybin. Maybin is batting .133 (4x30) with three home runs in 10 games with the Astros. He was claimed off waivers from Angels on August 31.

Marisnik had seen an uptick with his bat in 2017, he was batting .243 (56x230) with 16 home runs and nine stolen bases.