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.

Giants sign Drew Smyly to one-year deal

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The Giants announced on Thursday that the club inked pitcher Drew Smyly to a one-year contract. As Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area notes, the contract is of the major league variety.

Smyly, 30, split last season between the Rangers and Phillies with a stint with the Brewers in between. He did not appear in a major league game with the Brewers. In aggregate, Smyly posted a 6.24 ERA with 120 strikeouts and 55 walks over 114 innings.

Smyly will vie for a spot at the back of the Giants’ starting rotation. If he doesn’t make the cut, he could work out of the bullpen. Pitching in the spacious confines of Oracle Park should help Smyly, who gave up 19 homers in Texas and 13 in Philly last season in more hitter-friendly parks.