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Astros Place Springer On IL, Altuve To Rehab With Round Rock

Astros diagnose Springer with a grade-2 left hamstring strain

May 25, 2019 - 5:37 pm

HOUSTON (SportsRadio 610)- Before Saturday's game against the Boston Red Sox at Minute Maid Park, Astros manager A.J. Hinch announced the team was placing George Springer on the 10-day Injured List and Jose Altuve will begin a rehab assignment with Round Rock Sunday.

After returning to the Astros lineup following a four-game absence due to lower back stiffness, Springer left Friday's 4-3 win over the Red Sox chasing a ball in foul territory. Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow called the injury a grade-2 hamstring strain.

"It's not as dramatic as we had feared," Hinch said. "He's gonna be out a little while and it's gonna exceed the 10 days. If the initial diagnosis is right we avoided the catastrophe, what it looked like on the field."

Altuve hasn't played since injuring his left hamstring in the first inning of the Astros May 10 win over the Texas Rangers. Hinch said Altuve will join Class AAA Round Rock in Nashville Sunday and play "at least a couple of days" and have his status re-assesed after that.

Derek Fisher was recalled from Round Rock to take Springer's spot on the Astros 25-man roster.