Luhnow hopes to get an injured outfielder back soon

Luhnow hopes to get an injured outfielder back soon

HOUSTON -- General manager Jeff Luhnow is hopeful that the team will be able to get one of its injured outfielders -- Dexter Fowler, George Springer or Alex Presley -- out on a rehab assignment next week, but he didn't say which one.

Luhnow did say that Springer is ahead of Fowler, but that's not surprising since Springer began taking batting practice this week. Springer hasn't played since July 19 because of a strained left quad.

"Hopefully, all of them are out and swinging by the time our next homestand comes around, and at least one -- if not two and hopefully three -- will be ready to get activated," Luhnow said.

Springer went on the DL a couple of weeks after Fowler went out with a strained intercostal muscle. Presley, who took over for Springer in center field, strained his oblique swinging the bat on July 7. The Astros had been playing Enrique Hernandez in center before trading him to the Marlins on Thursday.

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