Astros call up prized prospect George Springer

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 16, 2014 at 11:32 am •  Published: April 16, 2014
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HOUSTON (AP) — Prized prospect George Springer will join the Houston Astros from Triple-A Oklahoma City on Wednesday.

The 24-year-old outfielder had 37 homers and 108 RBIs with 45 stolen bases combined in Double-A and Triple-A last year. He was off to a strong start in Triple-A this season, too, hitting .353 with three homers and nine RBIs.

Springer told The Associated Press he received the news after Oklahoma City's win over Colorado Springs on Tuesday night, when he hit a grand slam.

"It's just an indescribable feeling," Springer told the AP. "I'm speechless right now."

The Astros officially announced the move Wednesday and sent outfielder Robbie Grossman to Oklahoma City to make room for Springer on the roster. Grossman was hitting just .125 in 14 games this season. The team also reinstated starter Scott Feldman, who will start on Thursday, from the bereavement list and designated right-handed pitcher Lucas Harrell for assignment.

Harrell allowed four runs in five innings of a 4-2 loss to Kansas City on Tuesday night to drop his eighth straight decision dating back to last season and has not won a start since June 15. He led the American League last season with 17 losses.

Springer was selected 11th overall by the Astros out of UConn in the 2011 amateur draft.

Oklahoma City interim manager Tom Lawless called Springer into his office after Tuesday night's game and told him he'd want to sit down for the news. Springer said he just put his head in his hands because he was so excited and surprised when he found out about his call-up. Despite his big start this season, Springer said he had no inkling that his call-up was coming.

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