Lance McCullers to rejoin Astros’ rotation Sunday

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Astros right-hander Lance McCullers was optioned to Double-A Corpus Christi after allowing six earned runs in one-third of an inning August 3 against the Rangers. The idea was to give the 21-year-old some rest so that he could be of value down the stretch.

But that period of rest has already come to an end.

Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle reports that McCullers will be added back to the starting rotation Sunday afternoon against the Dodgers. It’s the finale of a big three-game weekend series versus the leaders of the National League West race.

Even including that disastrous August 3 performance, McCullers boasts a 3.17 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, and 79/28 K/BB ratio in 76 2/3 innings this season for the American League West-leading Astros.

Report: Rangers sign Jordan Lyles to two-year, $16 million deal

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The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reports that the Rangers and pitcher Jordan Lyles have agreed to a contract. ESPN’s Jeff Passan provided the details, reporting that it is a two-year, $16 million deal.

Lyles, 29, split last season between the Pirates and Brewers, performing much better with the latter. Overall, he compiled a 4.15 ERA with a 146 strikeouts and 55 walks across 141 innings. It was a return to full-time starting for Lyles, who had performed mostly as a reliever from 2016-18.

The Rangers also inked Kyle Gibson to a three-year, $30 million contract last week. Gibson and Lyles will join a rotation that also includes Mike Minor and Lance Lynn as well as youngster Kolby Allard.