Astros’ Springer carted off after collision with wall

Houston Astros center fielder George Springer was carted off the field after hitting his head on the outfield wall following a fifth-inning catch against the Milwaukee Brewers, according to Robert Murray of The Athletic.

Brian McTaggart of MLB.com relayed an update from manager AJ Hinch, who said Springer is day-to-day and being evaluated for a head injury

Entering Tuesday, the 2017 World Series MVP had 30 home runs, 78 RBI and a .296 batting average.

Unfortunately, the 29-year-old has not enjoyed good health in 2019.

Back tightness kept him out four games from May 20 to May 23, but Springer was able to return on May 24 against the Boston Red Sox.

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However, Springer suffered a Grade 2 left hamstring strain in his first game back after he slid in foul territory attempting to catch a Xander Bogaerts foul ball. Tony Kemp replaced Springer in the lineup after the starter took himself out of the game.

He landed on the injured list and missed a month before returning on June 25.

Springer has endured a few IL stints over the years: Left quad discomfort put Springer on the shelf in 2017, and a sprained left thumb did so in 2018.

Still, Springer has largely been able to stay on the field lately, playing no fewer than 140 games between 2016 and 2018.

Losing Springer hurts, but the Astros have enough outfield depth to hold down the fort.

Jake Marisnick should take care of center field in his absence. The 28-year-old has nine home runs, 31 RBI and a .238 batting average.

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Kyle Tucker is another option and replaced Springer in the lineup. The 22-year-old, who was a September 1 call-up, had 34 home runs and 97 RBI for the Triple-A Round Rock Express this season. Hinch called him a “complement player” upon his arrival, per Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle.

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