George Springer hit his fourth home run of the season on Wednesday after making his MLB debut in April. (G Flume/Getty Images)
Houston Astros outfielder George Springer suffered a right hip flexor strain in Wednesday's loss to the Angels but will not undergo an MRI on Thursday and insists he is fine, according to Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle.
Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said initial strength tests done immediately after the injury were better than expected, according to Drellich. The team is ultimately leaving it up to 24-year-old as to whether he can play through the pain. The Astros begin a series against the Mariners on Thursday in Seattle, and Springer said multiple times that he will be fine to play, according to the report:
"Just gave out on me, I’ll be alright. Just went to go back to the bag and it just went. … They told me it’s up to me (what happens next), I’m going to come in and say if I can play or not. I want to play, so I’ll be good. I’ll take care of it.”
Springer provided the Astros with their only run -- a homer -- in the 2-1 loss. He made his MLB debut in April when he was called up from Triple-A Oklahoma City. He's batting .240 so far in the big leagues with 30 hits, four home runs and 14 RBI for the Astros, who are in last place in the AL West at 17-30.
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