Houston Astros: Brad Peacock’s return to the bump will be delayed

Houston Astros pitcher Brad Peacock (Photo by Leslie Plaza Johnson/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
Houston Astros pitcher Brad Peacock (Photo by Leslie Plaza Johnson/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) /

Houston Astros pitcher Brad Peacock has suffered a setback with his shoulder and will not start tomorrow against the Angels. What’s going on? Let’s look.

The Houston Astros were able to conjure up a quality win over the Texas Arlington Rangers last night with pure grit, heart and hustle to boot.  George Springer, Jose Altuve, and Myles Straw all were the key ingredients of a recipe that delivered the Houston Astros their second win of a four-game set with their division rival.

The team used 13 hits as well as a 4-for-6 performance from Altuve and 2-for-4 outing for Michael Brantley to push themselves over the top.

It was clearly obvious that the Rangers weren’t going to cede this game to the Houston Astros and they had to give just about everything they had to earn the W that snapped a minute two-game losing streak.

The Houston Astros still maintain a six-game lead over the Oakland A’s in the AL West division with a sterling 58-35 record.

Even with the challenges this team faces, it looks like they’re on track to win the division for the third straight season and that goes to show the commitment to excellence that this franchise exudes.

I can’t be prouder of what I’m seeing right now.

But on a not so positive note, there is developing news on the status of one of the Houston Astros‘ key arms on the roster.

What’s going on?

According to AT&T SportsNet’s Julia Morales, Brad Peacock is experiencing soreness in his shoulder again, delaying his return to the bump:

The Athletic’s Jake Kaplan also provided some rich tidbits:

MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart rounded out the news of the setback:

I had a feeling that Peacock was being rushed back too soon and it appears that he’s still not ready to make his return.

Peacock just was moved off the 10-Day IL list this past Thursday so we’ll have to see if he’ll be making another trip there.

Framber Valdez, who has just been named as his replacement, last pitched this past Thursday but

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it was just 28 pitches through 0.2 innings against the Rangers in relief.

His arm should be ready to go for tomorrow’s start against the Los Angeles Angels in Anaheim and that’s why the Houston Astros have given the nod to put him back in the starting lineup.

With news like this coming in, it’s more imperative than ever that the Houston Astros work to trade for not only a starting pitcher but a reliever as well to help with these taxed arms.  Peacock is quite reliable when healthy but this setback will cause the team to go into emergency contingency mode as a starter has yet to be named for Tuesday.

Who will it be?  Well, I’ll have to save that for another post but for right now, I wish Peacock nothing but the best as he recovers from this injury.  He has been a tremendous boost to this lineup over the years and I hate to see him like this.

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It’s time to keep on trucking — go Houston Astros!

Peacock is posting a 6-6 record, a 4.13 ERA with 89 strikeouts, 39 earned runs and a 1.15 WHIP through 85.0 innings pitched in 17 games — 15 starts — this season.