Russ Springer - Timeline

Astros Trades & Transactions

Dec 30, 1996:Signed Russ Springer(P) from Phi-N as free agent
Nov 18, 1997:3. Lost Russ Springer(P) (#61 overall) to Ari-A in 1997 Expansion Draft
Jun 21, 2004:Signed Russ Springer(P) to a minor-league contract

This Date in Astros History

Nov 7, 1968:Russ Springer is born in Alexandria, LA. The righthanded reliever has appeared with eight different major league teams in a 15-year career.
Dec 30, 1996:Pitcher Russ Springer is signed to a free agent contract. The righthanded reliever has two stints with the Astros (1997, 2004-2006), compiling an 8-9 record with three saves in Houston.
Nov 18, 1997:The Arizona Diandmondbacks and Tampa Bay Devil Rays hold an expansion draft as the two newest entrants to the major leagues. Tampa tabs Houston outfielder Bob Abreu who is then traded to the Phillies. Arizona selects pitchers Russ Springer and Tom Martin off the Astros roster.
Jun 25, 2006:Adam Everett's bloop triple in the 13th inning followed by Willy Taveras' RBI single salvage a 10-9 win over the Chicago White Sox, avoiding their second series sweep at the hands of the American League champs in a span of nine months. The Astros were coasting with a 9-2 lead behind Roy Oswalt going into the bottom of the eighth when one man led the Sox back. Tadahito Igushi belts a three run shot off Russ Springer then tags Brad Lidge for a grand slam the next inning - the third slam off Houston pitching in three days - to tie it up. Fernando Nieve gets the win. Despite a dreadful month and a .500 record, the Astros are only five games back of St. Louis and three games back of Cincinnati in the division chase.