Astros right-hander Lance McCullers Jr. is headed to the 10-day disabled list with right elbow discomfort, according to a team announcement on Sunday. McCullers was removed in the fifth inning of Saturday’s 14-0 blowout over the Dodgers after feeling tightness in his forearm and elbow and was scheduled to meet with team doctors in Houston on Sunday. The severity of his injury has yet to be determined, but he’s likely to be out of commission for some time.
Prior to his removal from the game, the 24-year-old righty helped shut out the Dodgers through four innings, allowing two hits, two walks and five strikeouts on 60 pitches. He’s 10-6 in 22 starts this season with a 3.93 ERA, 3.6 BB/9 and 9.9 SO/9 across 126 innings so far. While this is his first formal DL stint of the year, he also dealt with some elbow soreness back in 2016 and missed almost nine weeks of the season as a result.
In a corresponding move, right-handed reliever Roberto Osuna has been reinstated from the restricted list and will assume McCullers’ place on the roster. Osuna received a 75-game suspension for violating the league’s policy on domestic violence back in June.