Houston Astros: Brad Peacock will take an extended stay on the shelf

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 is still experiencing setbacks with his shoulder and will miss extended time on the injured list. How long? Impact?

The Houston Astros have won five games straight and are now 10-4 since the All-Star Break, certainly meaning that they’re on track to make an eventful second-half run to prepare for the postseason and take the World Series crown back from the Boston Red Sox.

Despite injuries to Carlos Correa and Aledmys Diaz, most of the team is healthy and that certainly means dominance with the bats with any opponents that they face.  Of course, there will be games when they are cold; but, for the most part, there is always going to be a hot bat or two — possibly more — with each game that passes.

It’s incredible to admonish such a thing and goes to show how well-run the Houston Astros are these days — that wasn’t always the case — and that winning games has become Priority No. 1 for this franchise.

But enough of the flattery of what’s going on now.  Although the team has flourished as of late, they still have a problem.

It’s with their starting pitching rotation — particularly with the No. 4 and No. 5 slots in the rotation order.  They’ve patched things together with relievers to get the job done but this can’t go on forever.

The team will have to make a trade — or possibly more — to bring in quality talent to fill out the rotation.  It also wouldn’t hurt to have them bring in a left-handed reliever as well.  Luckily, Jose Urquidy pitched his tail off Friday night against the Texas Arlington Rangers where he recorded nine strikeouts.

He will definitely be in the rotation until the Houston Astros get a deal done likely next week as the Houston Astros will likely have to go through the bottom end of the rotation one more time before the trade deadline.

But the latest word is that Brad Peacock‘s setback with his shoulder is serious and it’s going to

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cause him to miss even more time, necessitating the need for the team to bring in some help.

The Houston Chronicle’s Chandler Rome reported — via an interview with general manager Jeff Luhnow — that Peacock won’t be back until the middle of next month.

He has been on the injured list since June 28 with his injury and he was scheduled to come off of it last Monday to start against the Los Angeles Angels in Anaheim.  However, he reported soreness in his shoulder so he was scratched in favor of a Josh James/Framber Valdez tandem that was not quite proficient enough to overcome a 9-6 loss.

This news certainly alludes to the fact of the urgency of the Houston Astros getting the help they need in the rotation.  I think it’s going to happen but they’re probably going to wait until July 31, when teams that will be sellers start to get anxious about making a deal.

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It’ll be interesting to gauge as far as how the franchise reacts to what could be deemed as an emergency.  You’ll definitely want to stay tuned.

Peacock possesses 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.