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Astros sending ace Verlander out to sweep Red Sox

With Astros outfielder George Springer placed on the 10-day injured list with a Grade-2 left hamstring strain, Houston recalled outfielder Derek Fisher from Triple-A Round Rock on Saturday, a decision that required some explanation given the status of two higher-profiled prospects.

Kyle Tucker, the Astros' second-ranked prospect overall, was slashing .266/.345/.614 with 14 home runs and 33 RBIs. Yordan Alvarez has been arguably the top overall hitter in the minors this season with a slash line of .374/.460/.816 with 19 homers and 57 RBIs. Yet the Astros envision filling the void left by Springer with a reserve, a role Fisher has managed previously.

"Whoever we're bringing up is probably going to be a substitute and play occasionally and be more of a fourth or fifth outfielder in the mix with (Tony) Kemp," Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said prior to a 4-3 win over Boston Saturday. "That's the playing time that's out there."

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Leaders
AVG: R. Devers.326
HR: M. Moreland13
RBI: M. Moreland34
SB: R. Devers6
W: M. Walden6
ERA: C. Sale4.19
Saves: R. Brasier6
K: C. Sale88
General Batting (Rank)
AVG: .257 (7)
Runs: 273 (7)
Hits: 462 (5)
Home Runs: 74 (11)
Stolen Bases: 30 (7)
OBP: .341 (5)
SLG: .435 (12)
Total Bases: 781 (10)
General Pitching (Rank)
Earned Run Average: 4.29 (14)
Runs Allowed: 243 (15)
Saves: 11 (22)
Strikeouts: 509 (2)
OpBA: .234 (6)
OBP: .308 (8)
SLG: .416 (12)
Run Support: 5.27 (7)
Transactions
Date Player Transactions
5/23 T. Lakins Called Up from Minors
5/23 T. Thornburg Placed on 10-Day IL (Right hip impingement)
5/20 S. León Reinstated from Paternity Leave List
5/20 D. Price Removed From 10-Day IL (Left elbow tendinitis)
5/19 Ó. Hernández Sent to Minors
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Injuries
Date Player Status
5/25 D. Price Illness (day-to-day)
5/22 T. Thornburg Right hip impingement (on 10-day DL)
5/4 T. Lin Sprained left knee (on 10-day DL)
5/3 D. Price off 10-day DL
4/20 M. Moreland Back spasms (day-to-day)
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