Late Tuesday night, Houston Astros fans suffered a scare when star outfielder George Springer crashed into the outfield wall attempting to catch a fly ball.
Video of the play shows Springer jump to catch the ball apparently thinking he was close enough to hit the wall with his shoulder. However, he fell just short and crashed head-first into the wall.
The star outfielder immediately grabbed his head in pain and was tended to by medical personnel. Springer eventually stood up under his own power, but was carted off the field for precautionary reasons.
Video of the play shows the moment Springer went head first into the wall.
George Springer just made an incredible leaping catch. Hit his head on the wall and is currently down. Hope he’s alright. pic.twitter.com/n1uaaAnm0h
— Ben Porter (@Ben13Porter) September 4, 2019
Despite the serious nature of the play, the Astros had positive news for fans on Wednesday morning. General manager Jeff Luhnow revealed Springer “may need a day or two” but initial tests on Springer’s head and neck were encouraging.
George Springer "may need a day or two" off before returning to @Astros lineup, Jeff Luhnow said on @SportsTalk790 moments ago, but initial tests on Springer's head and neck were encouraging. His status for Thursday's game may be determined tomorrow afternoon. @MLB @MLBNetwork
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) September 4, 2019
Springer missed 27 games earlier this year with a strained left hamstring. He was putting up MVP numbers before suffering the hamstring injury.
Kyle Tucker, the team’s top-ranked prospect, took Springer’s spot in the outfield. Houston eventually lost the game, 4-2 to the Milwaukee Brewers.
Next up for the Astros is a series against the Seattle Mariners.