Houston (CBS HOUSTON) – The Houston Astros announced today that right-handed pitcher Collin McHugh will not throw for the next six weeks due to posterior impingement of his right elbow. He had begun the season on the 10-day disabled list because of tendonitis. McHugh then attempted a rehab start in Triple A Fresno Thursday night before exiting after just one inning with elbow discomfort.
Collin returned to Houston to be evaluated by team physicians Friday. An MRI revealed that his ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow was not damaged, and no surgery will be required. He will wait to be re-evaluated in six weeks.
In the mean time, the Astros will have to rely on Joe Musgrove and Mike Fiers at the bottom of the rotation. If McHugh had returned on schedule, the plan seemingly was to move Fiers to a familiar role in the bullpen. Fortunately, there is also plenty of upside for the big right-hander Joe Musgrove and veteran support in Mike Fiers.
Derek Fogel, reporter/host @FogelSaidWhat