The Houston Astros have placed SP Lance McCullers Jr. on the 15-day DL. To replace him, the Astros called up Brad Peacock from the AAA Fresno.
— Houston Astros (@astros) August 3, 2016
Lance McCullers Jr., 22, has a 3.22 ERA, 1.54 WHIP and 106 strikeouts in 81 innings pitched this season.
The 2012 1st rounder had been the Astros best pitcher this season before leaving Tuesday night’s game with elbow discomfort. Speaking to the media today, McCullers Jr. said that he feels good but he’s just going to have to let time run it’s course. For now, that seems like good news. However, Elbow discomfort is always a worrisome term, but as McCullers Jr. said himself, we’re going to have to let some time go by before the Astros reevaluate the youngster.
With McCullers Jr. sidelined, the Astros opted to call up Brad Peacock from AAA. The 28-year old has compiled a 4.13 ERA in 19 start this season. Though he was a starter in Triple-A, expect the Astros to send him to the bullpen in the “Scott Feldman” role. Either Chris Devenski or Joe Musgrove will take McCullers Jr.’s spot in the rotation.
Peacock was one of four pitchers on the 40-man roster, along with David Paulino, Kevin Chapman and Jandel Gustave, making Peacock the obvious choice for a call-up. It’s likely Peacock is the first pitcher to be sent down once McCullers Jr. or Luke Gregerson come back from the disable list.
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