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Astros hope Springer can start rehab stint soon

Apr 21, 2015; Seattle, WA, USA; Houston Astros right fielder George Springer (4) celebrates his RBI-sacrifice fly against the Seattle Mariners during the third inning at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Apr 21, 2015; Seattle, WA, USA; Houston Astros right fielder George Springer (4) celebrates his RBI-sacrifice fly against the Seattle Mariners during the third inning at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

There's a little over a month left in the regular season and the Houston Astros still don't have outfielder George Springer back in their lineup. He's been working diligently toward getting back on the field, and it could happen soon.

In fact, Houston could send Springer out on a rehab outing as soon as this weekend.

That's according to MLB.com's Brian McTaggart, who quoted manager A.J. Hinch as feeling somewhat anxious about how little time is left in the season: "It would be nice to get him out as soon as possible. Part of it is Sept. 1 is coming. That's not a deadline for him, but part of it is getting him out and playing as an everyday player again. I'd like him to have some regular-season at-bats in the Minor Leagues before their season ends, and the clock is ticking a little bit with that."

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He's been out since early July with a fractured wrist, but took batting practice with the team on Wednesday and will do so again on Friday before the Astros take on the Minnesota Twins. If all goes well with that, the team could very well accelerate his rehab and send him out on a stint with either Double-A Corpus Christi or Triple-A Fresno.

(h/t MLB.com)