Astros' outfielder George Springer will miss at least six weeks after fracturing his right wrist, according to Jose de Jesus Ortiz of the Houston Chronicle. Springer was hit by a pitch in last night's game against the Royals.
The loss of Springer will be a significant one for the AL-West leaders, who may look externally for outfield help despite having internal options (Alex Presley, L.J. Hoes, Domingo Santana) available alongside Colby Rasmus and Preston Tucker in the outfield mix. Presley and Hoes were both thought to be trade candidates as of early this week, though the injury to Springer may change things.
Springer, 25, has been very good this season, hitting .264/.365/.457 with thirteen homers and fourteen stolen bases in 75 games. He had an extremely productive June (.321/.387/.518 with six home runs) and is an integral part of the team's offense as the leadoff hitter.
The Astros could look to turn to the trade market to add some outfield depth in place of Springer, though teams have not gone into full sell-mode yet this season. Ben Zobrist, Delmon Young, Josh Reddick and Jay Bruce are among the names that may be available in the next couple of weeks.