Astros' George Springer Sees Hand Specialist

By SportsRadio 610
HOUSTON (SportsRadio 610) -- Astros outfielder George Springer visited a hand specialist Monday and continues to be day-to-day in the lineup. 

Springer will miss his fourth straight game after injuring his wrist last week. He left Thursday's game against the Arizona Diamondbacks after diving for a catch in center field. 

The official diagnosis was a right wrist strain. Astros manager Dusty Baker said Monday that Springer visited a hand specialist to make sure there are no broken bones, and they are trying to avoid putting their leadoff hitter on the injured list.

"We're going to try to do all we can and he's going to try and do all he can not to go on the IL," Baker said. "We're playing short a little bit, and so it's time for some of the other guys to step up who have an opportunity to play and do their thing."

Myles Straw is starting in center field in place of Springer in the Astros' home series opener against the San Francisco Giants on Monday night. 

Straw went 0-for-3 in his start against the Oakland Athletics on Sunday and is 0-for-8 in his last eight at-bats. 

Jose Altuve is bumped up to leadoff in Springer's place, but he's also struggling at the plate. 

Altuve probably played his best game of the season Thursday night at Arizona, in the same game which saw Springer get injured. Altuve was 3-for-4 with a home run, a double, three runs scored and a stolen base that night. 

The former MVP has three home runs and seven RBI on the season, but he's batting just .182 on the season. 

Springer is also batting .182 on the season. He has three home runs and 12 RBI, tied for seventh in the American League for runs batted in.