Asher Wojciechowski (Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports)
So far the season is not off to a good start for Asher Wojciechowski. After making 21 successful starts with Oklahoma City last season, Wojo was primed to be the next Astros prospect to make his way to Houston.
Wojciechowski had a 9-7 record last season in those 21 starts with a 3.56 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 104 strikeouts in 134 innings. The 25-year old starter has now logged 439.1 career innings, so he is getting closer to the 500 inning “rule of thumb” that is generally used to determine when a prospect is ready for the major leagues.
However, the problem is that the right-hander so far cannot get out of his own way this spring. So far rest just hasn’t seemed to be enough to get Wojciechowski’s upper back/lat back healthy. With that being said, the Astros sent him back to Houston today to try to step up the recovery and healing process.
The problem with this, is that Wojciechowski hasn’t really begun to do much of anything this spring, so by the time he is back on the mound, he will essentially be starting from scratch. Also, with an injury like this, it is hard to actually forecast how long it will actually take for it to heal. But what is important, and what so far has been happening, is that the Astros are being careful with his health.