Per Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle, the Astros have shut down pitcher Collin McHugh for the remainder of the season, as the right-hander is still feeling pain when he throws.
McHugh, 32, went on the injured list at the end of August due to elbow discomfort, an issue he has dealt with for most of the season. He ends his season with a 4.70 ERA and an 82/30 K/BB ratio in 74 2/3 innings spread out between eight starts and 27 relief appearances.
McHugh is eligible for free agency after the season. The injury is certainly bad timing for the veteran pitcher.
Freddie Freeman‘s elbow began barking in the second half of the season and he was a shadow of himself in the month of September. The Braves rested him for half a minute in the season’s final week but he still played 158 games in 2019. They said he was good to go for the NLDS but he was clearly limited, going 4-for-22 in the Braves’ series loss to the Cardinals.
Today the Braves announced that Freeman underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow on Wednesday. The team said today that the procedure involved the removal of three fragmented loose bodies and the cleaning up of multiple bone spur formations.
It’s not clear if more rest down the stretch would’ve made a difference for him — and it’s not clear that the Braves had options at first base for the postseason that were substantially better than even a limited Freeman — but it’s clear that not having Freeman feeling like himself in the heart of the order was a problem.
Freeman is expected to be good-to-go for spring training.