Fowler, Springer bond also growing off field

Fowler, Springer bond also growing off field

HOUSTON -- Astros outfielder Dexter Fowler has taken George Springer under his wing, and under his roof.

Springer, the rookie right fielder who was called up to the big leagues earlier this month, has been living with the veteran center fielder and his wife and baby daughter at their high-rise in Houston while he looks for his own place to live.

"He didn't have anywhere to live after they kicked him out of the hotel," Fowler joked. "I told him he could stay with me, because we have an extra room."

So what do Fowler and Springer do to pass the time?

"We sit there and talk and watch TV and just chill," Fowler said. "He's good with my daughter, too, so he's a little help."

Springer said having someone like Fowler to look up to on and off the field is huge.

"I don't think I could ask for a better person to take me in, to help me out, just be that guy for me," he said. "Hopefully, he stays that way. It's obviously great, because he's my outfield mate and that's something big, too."

Brian McTaggart is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.