George Springer (thumb) becomes latest Astros’ hitter to go on DL

The injury bug is hitting the Houston Astros hard. While the injury was not as bad as initially feared, centerfielder George Springer is expected to miss roughly two weeks with a sprained left thumb.

There’s never a good time for a player of Springer’s caliber to go down. But the timing here certainly isn’t great

Jose Altuve was set to come off of the DL, but was recently sent home for further evaluation. Carlos Correa is also on the DL and currently on a rehab assignment. He’s scheduled to come back on Thursday. But given the injuries to Springer and Altuve, as well as the relative success of his rehab assignment, we wouldn’t be surprised to see that timeline moved up.

Springer, the 2017 World Series MVP, is hitting .250/.335/.436 with 19 home runs on the season. Entering Monday, the Astros are in first place in the AL West, four games up on the red-hot Oakland Athletics.