George Springer to be evaluated in Houston after crashing into outfield wall
MILWAUKEE – Astros outfielder George Springer may be able to play Thursday after exiting Tuesday's game on a medical cart after hitting his head on the outfield wall at Miller Park.
Springer was alert after the incident.
"I don't think he lost consciousness," Astros outfielder Josh Reddick said. "When Mike and I got there, he seemed to be very alert. He kept saying he had a headache, so that was a positive sign. He wasn't dizzy, he didn't have any memory loss out there. He made sure he answered all the questions right."
Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow was optimistic while talking on SportsTalk 790 on Wednesday.
"He'll be evaluated today (Wednesday) here in Houston. We're crossing our fingers that everything is good, and he could be in the lineup tomorrow (Thursday)," Luhnow said. "But he may need a day or two past today. We probably won't know anything until before the game."
The Brewers were beating the Astros 4-1 at the time of Springer's injury.
Springer jumped to make a catch on a long fly ball hit by Ryan Braun in the bottom of the fifth inning.
After making the catch, he fell to the ground and hit the back of his head on the base of the wall.
"Watching him get up and not have to be carted off ... he was sitting up. ... That was a good sign," Luhnow said. "Later, they did some testing, and things were looking positive. With those types of injuries to the head and neck area, you really have to wait 24 to 48 hours to see if there is anything that lingers."
Springer immediately grabbed the back of his head after the fall. Astros medical personnel went out to assist Springer, who left the field on a cart a few minutes later.
Springer was replaced by Kyle Tucker, who took over in right field. Josh Reddick moved over to center field.
"He's doing well given all the circumstances of running into a wall. (He) made a great catch," Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. "(It was) scary for all of us. We get out there and looks like he'll be day to day."
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