George Springer takes 95 MPH fastball to the elbow, leaves game

Another Houston Astros star goes down with an injury in George Springer 

The Astros can ill-afford more issues on the injury front, already drudging forward without the likes of Alex Bregman, Justin Verlander, Yordan Alvarez and Roberto Osuna. Houston entered the night at 15-13 following a sweep at the hands of the red-hot San Diego Padres, and despite a series against the lowly Los Angeles Angels, the long-term prospectus of a team lacking its best players is not promising.

Springer, being a free agent at the end of this shortened season, is unfortunately the victim of timing, as missing any significant amount of time could put him out for the rest of the 2020 campaign and, as a result, cost him millions of dollars this offseason. Owners are cheap like that.

Springer was hit hard on the elbow in the middle on Monday night’s matchup with the Angels

The video itself can be accessed here. Out of respect to Springer, we’ll report the aftermath.

Intentional or not, our thoughts go out to Springer. Despite their sign-stealing, retribution should not be necessary from the opposition’s point of view. Rather, Rob Manfred should’ve done his job to begin with, and suspended the prominent players who benefitted the most from the system in play. Instead, he did nothing, and those around baseball who feel as though they play the game “the right way,” if there is such a thing, are slighted.

Ideally, Springer’s elbow injury won’t keep him out long-term, and the Astros aren’t given yet another excuse for a season a majority of fans hope ends in disappointment.

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