HOUSTON -- Astros rookie George Springer, who leads the club in RBIs and on-base plus slugging, returned to the lineup Wednesday against the D-backs after missing the two previous games in Arizona with a sore right knee. He hit second behind Dexter Fowler and ahead of Jon Singleton.
"Two days [out] is better than 15," Astros manager Bo Porter said of playing it safe with Springer. "He took two days, his knee calmed down, everything is fine and the trainers gave him the OK. He's back in the lineup today."
Springer hates missing games and told Porter on Monday and Tuesday in Arizona he could have played.
"I always try to snake my way in there no matter what," Springer said. "Obviously, I have the utmost respect for [Porter] and the decisions he makes. He's obviously doing it in my best interest. He told me [to sit] and I said, 'OK, I'll get it checked out' and now I'm good to go."
Since making his Major League debut on April 16, Springer is tied for seventh in the American League in RBIs and ranks among the top 10 among AL rookies in homers (second), RBIs (second), slugging percentage (second), runs (third), on-base percentage (third), walks (third), extra-base hits (tied for third) and total bases (fourth).
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