Houston Astros: Brad Peacock could be in the lineup as early as Monday

Houston Astros pitcher Brad Peacock (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)
Houston Astros pitcher Brad Peacock (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images) /

Houston Astros pitcher Brad Peacock’s return to the bump is imminent and could be as early as Monday. What’s the latest on his status? Let’s take a look.

The Houston Astros tough 3-2, marathon-like loss in 13 innings was a tough pill to swallow but as with each game they partake in, they’ll regroup and refocus on the task at hand of winning baseball games.

They’ve won a lot of them by the way, just in case you’ve been asleep under a rock as of late.  Although the Houston Astros are on a four-game losing streak, they’ve won 107 games out the past 163 that they’ve played.  It’s a remarkable feat and it does show how much of a higher standard we hold the Houston Astros to than our other professional sports franchises.

They’ve fostered a badly-needed culture of winning and it’s truly the franchise that sports fans alike look to in terms of having an organization that’s able to do it day in and out with precision.  The Houston Rockets aren’t too far behind them but the Houston Astros are the most recent team with a championship so, until that changes, the narrative will remain the same with fans.

But as frequent as the typical MLB season is with its near-endless slate of games to be played, a losing streak can be turned into a winning one and do see that happening soon.

The Oakland A’s are a formidable team and will continue to be in the conversation for the postseason.  I can’t say that I’m too surprised because Billy Beane has been down this road before, it’s just a matter of far this team will go with the talent that they have.

And speaking of talent, let’s check in on Brad Peacock, who has been out with a right shoulder injury since June 28.

Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports that Peacock’s return to the mound is imminent and could be as early as Monday when the team returns home from Oakland to take on the Detroit Tigers in a four-game set at Minute Maid Park.  He could be activated as early as tomorrow after the team’s final game of the series.

Peacock has been rehabbing with Triple-A Round Rock and he turned in a gem this past Thursday,

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throwing 16 pitches in an inning where he recorded no hits.  This was his sixth rehab start, with five of those being with the Express.

AJ Hinch said that Peacock then proceeded to play catch yesterday in Round Rock and he’s reporting that his shoulder “felt good.”

This means that all signs are pointing to Peacock’s return which was right on target with the team’s estimates for mid-August; and as expected, he’ll be returning to the bullpen where he’s the most effective.

With the trades that the Houston Astros made at the deadline this season, there’s no longer a need for him to start unless it’s a situation where he’d have to do it on the spot.  With the depth the team now has in the starting lineup, that may not be likely.

It’ll be awesome to see him back in the lineup once again as it will make the bullpen that much stronger.

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Let’s hope the Houston Astros‘ plans come to fruition.

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