Found September 25, 2013 on MLB Injury News:
Finding silver linings in a 100-loss season may not be the easiest thing to do, but the Houston Astros will be able to look back at Robbie Grossman's rookie campaign and have a reason to smile. Unfortunately, Grossman was robbed of a strong finish by an oblique injury suffered on September 3rd and will miss the remainder of the season. Since returning to the Astros for a second stint on July 27th, Grossman fell into a more central role following the trade of Justin Maxwell to the Kansas Royals. As the newly christened Houston lead off hitter, Grossman embraced his second chance by hitting .322 the rest of the way while adding four home runs and 22 RBI's.  "If you look at what Robbie did this summer, it was a big summer for him mentally and he's put himself in good position to not only be considered as part of our mix next year, but as a candidate to be a regular everyday outfielder and potentially a leadoff-type guy," general manager Jeff Luhnow said. Acquired in the Wandy Rodriguez deal near the trade deadline last season, the former Pirates draft pick finishes his 2013 season with a .268/.332/.370 batting line in 63 games played at the big league level. His improved development while splitting time in left and center field has opened eyes within the Houston hierarchy, and bodes well for his chances of landing a starting position in 2013. Follow @mlbinjurynews Looking for fantasy baseball advice?
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