KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- With his family watching in the stands, Astros right fielder George Springer went 1-for-3 with a single in a 6-3 win over the Phillies on Thursday afternoon at Osceola County Stadium.
The Connecticut native, who smashed 20 homers with 51 RBIs in 78 games in his first Major League season last year, started in right field Thursday and played five innings before being replaced by L.J. Hoes. Springer blooped a single down the right-field line in the first inning, grounded out to third in the third and struck out swinging in the fifth.
It was the first game action for Springer since last July 19. He missed the final three months of the 2014 season while nursing a left quadriceps injury. He still set franchise rookie records for home runs and RBIs prior to the All-Star break and appeared as though he would make a push for the National League Rookie of the Year Award before getting hurt.
Springer, the No. 11 pick in the 2011 Draft, last year became the first rookie in franchise history to homer in four consecutive games. He hit seven homers over a seven-game span from May 21-29, joining Rudy York (Detroit, 1937) as the only rookies in Major League history to hit seven blasts in a seven-game stretch.
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