Is this a curse?
The AL-leading Houston Astros cannot seem to be on full strength as outfielder George Springer has been put on the 10-day disabled list on the same day when ace lefty Dallas Kuechel is scheduled to pitch after two months on the injury list.
Springer, the All-Star leadoff hitter for the AL West leaders, was put on the infirmary after missing his second straight game due to left quadriceps discomfort.
The 27-year-old right-handed slugger currently leads the AL in runs scored with 82, and was averaging career-highs in batting average (.310), slugging percentage (.590) and OPS (.973).
With more than 60 games left in the season, the Connecticut product already has 66 runs-batted-in and 27 home runs, just two short of his career-high that he set last season. His 27 dingers currently lead the team.
In July 24, Springer was pulled out in the third inning of the Astros’ 13-4 win over the Philadelphia Phillies, drawing one intentional walk in two at-bats.
Even before Kuechel’s return, the Astros suffered a serious blow when they lost towering shortstop Carlos Correa to a thumb injury.
Correa was on pace to set career-highs across the board before the setback, as he was averaging a slash line of .320/.400/.566. He also had 20 homers, just two below his career-best, and was on pace to drive home 130 RBIs, which would have dwarfed his 96 RBIs he made in 2016.
Also with a concerning injury among the AL leaders is rookie Alex Bregman, a utility man who was batting .267 with 10 dingers and 30 RBIs this season.