The Houston Astros have been bit by the injury bug once again but this time, the team luckily has reserves at the ready to take over the reins.
This is certainly normal and it happens throughout the course of a 162-game baseball season. Right now, we’re seeing some wear and tear for the Houston Astros with every pitcher missing some time with the exception of Mike Fiers. But here’s another twist to the plot. Yesterday, Joe Musgrove was placed on the 10-Day DL with discomfort in his shoulder.
Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports:
David Paulino had already been called as a corresponding move to replace Charlie Morton‘s spot on the roster as he recovers from a strained lat. Morton is expected to not throw for a few more days and then rejoin the team in Arlington at the start of the weekend. Whether or not Morton will be ready to start remains to seen. But we’ll have to see in regard to that development.
But because Musgrove is expected to miss one start, another move has to made to fill his spot while he’s out. The Astros have decided to select Reymin Guduan as the designated guy to do so.
The Houston Chronicle’s Jake Kaplan reported this last night:
Guduan has long been one of the Houston Astros prospects that has had notable regard but he has continued to struggle as a reliever for the Fresno Grizzlies.
He does have a fastball that regularly goes up in the triple-digits but I’m not sure if the rest of his repertoire of pitching is going to be enough to deceive if he gets his shot in the rotation. I just hope that he has a devastating special pitch that he can use to deceive but from the look of how he has performed so far, it may have not been effective.
Guduan, 25, has posted a 5.47 ERA, allowing 16 earned runs, tossing 27 strikeouts and a gaudy 1.52 WHIP. Those numbers aren’t impressive but this is his opportunity to shine and we can only hope that he can make the most of an appearance in relief over the next couple of days.
We’ll have to see how this pans out but I’m hopeful that the Houston Astros pitching rotation continues to chug along through the accentuated bumps in the road. Can they do it? I’m positive that they’ll be able to do so. I’ll just sit back and relax to watch this team win more games.