Grossman, Villar nursing minor injuries after collision

Grossman, Villar nursing minor injuries after collision

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Astros outfielders Robbie Grossman and Jonathan Villar left Wednesday's 7-1 win against the Phillies in the fourth inning at Bright House Field after colliding an inning earlier. Neither injury is considered serious.

Grossman has a bruised left quad and Villar a mild right ankle sprain, both suffered when they collided in right-center field. Villar, starting in center field, made a sliding catch to rob Chase Utley of a hit and took the legs out from under Grossman, who was charging over from right field.

"I just banged my knee against him," Grossman said. "I don't know what hit him."

Villar said he was calling for the ball.

"I want to watch the video, because I don't know how it could have taken my ankle like that," Villar said. "I don't know if I said, 'I got it' and he didn't hear me."

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Villar, a shortstop by trade, is trying to make the club as a backup infielder/outfielder, which means he's been taking up third base, second base and center field. He made a spectacular diving catch in the first inning Wednesday to rob Freddy Galvis of extra bases.

"You never want to see your players collide," manager A.J. Hinch said. "I thought it was a great catch for Villar, one of a couple of great catches. But it cost us a little in terms of costing us two players who are doing everything they can to leave with us to Houston."

Grossman, the Astros' starter in left field on Opening Day a year ago, is battling with Alex Presley and L.J. Hoes for a backup outfield spot. Both Villar and Grossman went 1-for-3 in the game.

Brian McTaggart is a reporter for and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.