Will George Springer’s return help the Astros win the AL West?
The Houston Astros’ George Springer has been out of the game since he was hit on the wrist by pitch from Kansas City Royals’ right-hander Edinson Volquez during the fifth inning of the Astros’ 6-5 win over the Royals back on July 1. The resulting news was not good. X-rays revealed Springer had multiple displaced fractures in his right wrist and the right fielder was placed on the 15-day disabled list.
Of course it has taken much longer than 15 days for Springer’s fractures to heal, however, the Astros knew that he would be returning sometime this season. That return is now imminent as Springer started his rehab assignment over the weekend with the Astros’ Double-A affliliate, the Corpus Christi Hooks.
With their win over the Mariners Monday night the Astros have played just over .500 ball in August but at the same time their lead in the AL West has been whittled down to just four games over the Texas Rangers. They need to start hitting home runs at the same pace they did during the first half if they want to remain in first place in the AL West.
With a month left to play in the regular season, the Rangers have plenty of time to catch Houston and take the AL West crown which would throw the Astros into the thick of the very competitive American League Wild Card race. Hopefully Springer, who went 1-4 in his debut with the Hooks, can provide the offensive spark that the team needs to win the division.
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