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Rookie George Springer improving for Astros

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POSTED May 15, 2014 11:29 p.m.

HOUSTON (AP) — George Springer’s career with the Houston Astros certainly didn’t get off to a tremendous start, prompting some to wonder whether they put him in the majors too soon.

But at the end of his first month in the big leagues, the 24-year-old rookie has figured out how to slow things down and is beginning to show why he was one of the team’s most prized prospects.

In his first 14 games, the 2011 first-round pick hit just .182 with no home runs. Since then, he’s hit .286 with three homers as he’s settled in as Houston’s everyday right fielder.

“I’ve been able to slow myself down a lot more and kind of just start to go out there and play and start to be who I am instead of pressing or trying to do something that I can’t do,” Springer said. “That’s obviously going to take some time to still iron everything out, but I feel good and things have been slowing down a lot and it’s only up from here.”

Marlins ace Fernandez to have Tommy John surgery

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Miami Marlins ace Jose Fernandez will have Tommy John surgery Friday, ending the season for the reigning NL Rookie of the Year.

Manager Mike Redmond announced Thursday the right-hander would have the elbow ligament transplant procedure. The decision was expected after the 21-year-old Fernandez was put on the disabled list this week.

“Our focus is to get him back,” Redmond said before the Marlins began a four-game series in San Francisco. “I’m glad he’s having it done and starting his recovery process. Obviously it’s a big blow for us.”

The operation will be done in Los Angeles. Fernandez becomes the latest in a string of major league pitchers this year who have needed Tommy John surgery.

Fernandez was 4-2 with a 2.44 ERA in eight starts this season.

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