It appears George Springer will likely land on the disabled list.
It's not definite yet, but that was the belief from the Astros following Wednesday's 6-5 win over the Royals.
"We sent him for tests," Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. "I'm not optimistic he's going to avoid the DL, so we're going to continue to get more and more tests with some specialists. It was painful for him. There was some swelling. It's in a tricky area. Anything in the hand or wrist area is cause of great concern. We'll see how it goes. I do think it's going to be a DL, but we'll have more information as we get through the off day (Thursday)."
Springer was drilled in the fifth inning and was one of two Astros who scored when Evan Gattis delivered his tie-breaking single in that same inning. He came back on the field in the top of the sixth to play defense, but was pinch hit for by Domingo Santana in the bottom half.
"Your hand goes numb a little bit when you get hit by 96 or whatever it was," Hinch said. "And so, it didn't feel very good. And as the game got going, he went out to the outfield. He had a little bit of mobility and then it just got really stiff and really swelled up. So he wasn't going to hit. So when his time came back into the order, I hit for him with Santana."
Springer has shown improved plate discipline in his second season in the majors. So far this year, in 75 games, he has 13 home runs and 29 RBI, with 14 stolen bases.