The Astros already have their number one starter, Dallas Keuchel, on the disabled list. Now their number two guys is there too: Houston has placed Lance McCullers on the 10-day DL with lower back discomfort revealed during a between starts throwing session.
The move is retroactive to June 9. Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said that, at the moment, he does not expect McCullers’ absence to be long. He could be activated again a week from today.
McCullers is in the midst of a fantastic season. He’s 6-1 with a 2.58 ERA and a K/BB ratio of 89/23 in 76.2 innings. Opposing batters are hitting a mere .207 off of him and he has a 1.06 WHIP.
Houston has the best record in baseball and holds a 12 game lead over the second place Texas Rangers, so they can weather the loss of a starter or two for spell. But really, they need to not make a habit of having their top pitchers on the DL.