The Houston Astros placed center fielder George Springer on the 10-day disabled list with a sprained thumb on Monday, but that’s actually good news compared to what the team feared a day earlier.
Per general manager Jeff Luhnow, Springer is expected to be out “about two weeks” but did not suffer a UCL sprain, meaning surgery will not be necessary.
Outfielder Derek Fisher, 24, was recalled from Triple-A Fresno to replace Springer on the 25-man roster.
Springer, 28, was injured Sunday in Los Angeles when he caught his thumb on Dodgers shortstop Chris Taylor’s glove during a stolen-base attempt in the third inning. Springer, who led the game off with a home run, was replaced by Jake Marisnick — who then robbed Taylor of a home run with a leaping catch at the center field wall in the sixth.
Springer, the 2017 World Series Most Valuable Player, is batting .250 this year but has 19 home runs and 58 RBIs in 109 games. He made the All-Star team for the consecutive season in July.
Fisher has four home runs and 11 RBIs with a .176 batting average in 36 games this season. He played in 53 games with Houston last season.
The Astros lead Oakland by four games in the AL West entering Monday. A two-week absence would cost Springer three games against the A’s and four (or perhaps seven) against third-place Seattle.
—Field Level Media