The news just keeps getting worse for the AL West-leading Astros. They were already without Jose Altuve, shortstop Carlos Correa, Lance McCullers Jr. and Chris Devinski. Now, they've lost All-Star centerfielder George Springer to an injury.
Springer will be placed on the 10-day disabled list Monday after sustaining a left thumb sprain on Sunday against the Dodgers. The injury occurred when Springer slid head-first into second base on a stolen base attempt and jammed his hand into the glove of Dodgers shortstop Chris Taylor.
Houston will call up top prospect Derek Fisher to take Springer's spot on the roster, according to MLB.com's Brian McTaggart.
Springer update: Astros plan to place George Springer on the 10-day DL today and recall Derek Fisher. Springer has a left thumb sprain. It is not a UCL sprain, which would have been worse. They expect him to miss about two weeks.— Brian McTaggart (@brianmctaggart) August 6, 2018
The defending World Series champion Astros begin a two-game series with the Giants on Monday night.
As the injuries mount for the Astros, they've seen the A's close in on them in the standings. Entering play Monday, Houston leads Oakland by just four games in the West.