Houston Astros center fielder (General)

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George Springer suffered a thumb injury during Sunday's game against the Los Angeles Dodgers.According to Brian McTaggart of The Athletic Frank White Jersey , Springer left the contest with an athletic trainer and was grabbing his left-hand area following a slide. McTaggart then noted the injury was deemed left thumb discomfort.Springer has come into his own for the Astros over the past couple of years. In 2017, he earned his first All-Star Game selection, won a Silver Slugger Award and was named World Series MVP. He's already added to his list of accomplishments this year with a 6-for-6 performance against the Oakland Athletics.The 28-year-old Connecticut native has also remained mostly durable during his rise. He played at least 140 games in each of the past two seasons, including all 162 in 2016. He most recently missed time after suffering a back injury in late June.If the latest ailment forces him back out of the lineup, Tony Kemp should see the biggest uptick in playing time in center. The Astros would also likely rely on Jake Marisnick to provide some extra depth in the outfield for the time being.Ultimately, Houston features ample offensive firepower http://www.royalsfanproshop.com/authentic-joakim-soria-jersey , so it shouldn't see a massive drop-off as long as Springer's absence is a short one. A more significant stint on the disabled list could force some lineup juggling to find a new permanent leadoff hitter. OAKLAND, Calif. — Veteran right-hander Edwin Jackson hopes to stall his career-long struggles against the Texas Rangers when he attempts to deliver the Oakland Athletics a second consecutive win in the three-game series Saturday afternoon.The A’s (85-57) will take the field 3 1/2 games behind first-place Houston (88-53) in the race for the American League West crown, and 3 1/2 games behind the New York Yankees (88-53) in the duel for the first wild-card spot in the AL.The Astros will be at Boston with the same starting time as the A’s, while the Yankees aren’t scheduled to start until several hours later in a night game at Seattle.Article continues below ...Jackson (5-3, 2.91 ERA) will be facing the Rangers for the third time this season while still looking for his first effective outing against them.He gave up a three-run home run to Robinson Chirinos in a 6-5 win over the Rangers in Texas in July. Jackson did not get the win, having been pulled after allowing five runs and seven hits in 4 1/3 innings.Jackson’s stats were nearly identical (4 1/3 innings Kelvin Herrera Jersey , four runs, seven hits) in a 4-2 home loss to the Rangers last month in which he was bombed for homers by Shin-Soo Choo and Joey Gallo. He took the loss in that outing.The 34-year-old has logged a 0-1 record and 9.35 ERA in his two starts against the Rangers this season, as opposed to 5-2 with a 2.06 against all other teams in 11 starts.Jackson is just 2-4 with a 4.85 ERA in nine starts against the Rangers in his career.Gallo has faced Jackson just four times and gotten on base all four via two walks, a single and a home run.The slugger ended a nine-game homerless drought with his 35th of the season in Friday’s 8-4 loss to the A’s in the series opener. He now stands five behind Oakland’s Khris Davis, the AL leader with 40.Adrian Beltre (.409), Choo (.364) and Elvis Andrus (.353) also have padded their batting averages at Jackson’s expense.Davis http://www.royalsfanproshop.com/authentic-alcides-escobar-jersey , meanwhile, has a walk, a single and a home run to show for three career plate appearances against left-hander Yohander Mendez (1-1, 5.59), the Rangers’ scheduled starter Saturday.Mendez faced the A’s three times in relief the past two seasons, going 0-0 with a 3.86 ERA. He has not faced the A’s this season and has transitioned into a starter of late. Mendez is coming off the best outing of his career last Sunday Jason Hammel Jersey , when he shut out the Minnesota Twins on three hits over six innings for his first major-league win.The A’s did a majority of the power hitting in Friday’s win, with Ramon Laureano belting a pair of homers, including one on Yovani Gallardo’s fourth pitch of the game.Oakland’s new leadoff man, who was an August call-up from the minors, has made the most of a recent promotion to the top of the order, going 4-for-10 in three games with two doubles and two home runs.

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