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HOUSTON -- When will George Springer be activated from the disabled list? That remains a mystery. Springer, who tweaked his injured left quad during a Minor League rehab assignment earlier this week, took batting practice on the field prior to Saturday's game.

The rookie, who has 20 homers and 51 RBIs in 78 games in his Major League debut this year, has been on the disabled list since July 20.

"We'll re-evaluate him tomorrow," manager Bo Porter said. "It depends on how it goes today. We'll see."

Springer seemed to indicate the quad is going to have to be 100 percent before he gets back on the field in a Major League setting because he's going to play the game hard. The rookie outfielder pushed it a little too hard in his third game for Class A Quad Cities on Wednesday, so he's not about to do that again.

"My speed is my game and it's hard not to have that, so it's one of those things you just to be smart and go whenever I can go," he said. "The ultimate goal is to be 100 percent, so hopefully I can get back out there soon."

Brian McTaggart is 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.

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