Astros promote George Springer to roster

The Houston Astros will add George Springer to their active roster prior to Wednesday’s game against the Kansas City Royals.

Springer was 3-for-4 with a grand slam on Tuesday night for Triple-A Oklahoma City. He has had a strong start to the minor league season posting a .353 average with three homers, nine RBI and four stolen bases in his first 13 games.

The Astros will start Springer in right field. Robbie Grossman has been sent to Triple-A in order to make room for him.

Springer has been on the radar of Houston fans since he hit 37 home runs and stole 45 bases between Double-A Corpus Christi and Oklahoma City a year ago.

“Yeah, it’s just one of those things, as a hitter I’ve got to be smart,” Springer told the Houston Chronicle on Monday about his strong minor league start. “I can’t buy into what they’re trying to do. I have to wait for my pitch to hit, and if it isn’t there, I have to be able to take what they’re giving me.”

Many are already labeling Springer as the “face of the franchise” and it will be interesting to see how he performs compared to some others who have had similar expectations placed on them.

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