added 5/6/2015 by Greg Thurston
The highlight of Tuesday night's loss to the Rangers had to be George Springer's amazing catch to rob Adrian Beltre of extra-bases. Unfortunately, Springer's collision with the rightfield wall may have resulted in a concussion. The Astros rightfielder has been undergoing tests and will not be at the ballpark for Wednesday night's game.
After somehow avoiding injury on Monday night's acrobatic catch in which he slid into the wall while on his back, Springer came away from his latest encounter with some cobwebs in the attic. This time George ran hard into the wall and his head appeared to take the brunt of the impact.
A trip to the disabled list seems likely. The Astros could place Springer on the 7-day concussion D.L. as early as tomorrow. L.J. Hoes would seem to be the most likely candidate to be called up to replace George on the roster. Hoes is hitting .381/.426/.556 at AAA Fresno and was called up to Houston for a cup of coffee last month.
Another exciting young player that could be getting the call is Preston Tucker. The 24-year old outfielder is currently hitting .320/.378/.650 and leads the Pacific Coast League with 10 home runs. Tucker has hit at every level of the minors since Houston drafted him out of Florida in 2012. He has nothing left to prove at AAA and his time could be now.
Tonight the Astros have Colby Rasmus replacing Springer in rightfield and Robbie Grossman manning left. Rasmus has had some trouble playing the caroms off the leftfield wall at Minute Maid Park and is probably better suited for right. Grossman has more experience playing in front of the Crawford Boxes but has struggled with the bat in 2015.
A case can be made for all three of the aforementioned players to fill in for Springer if needed. Personally, I would like to see what Tucker can do. If Springer goes to the D.L. the Astros will have a tough decision to make.