As we enter the All-Star Break, McHugh’s status has been in question. Today, we have learned he will make an appearance for the Corpus Christi Hooks this Friday.
This will mark Collin McHugh‘s first appearance in a game since spring training. After falling to “dead arm,” he will begin with a series of rehab starts before returning to the Astros rotation. McHugh will pitch for the Hooks this Friday, against the NW Arkansas Naturals.
McHugh’s Impact on the Rotation
We have been missing McHugh’s presence in the rotation. With so much doubt surrounding the rotation and their ability to win in the playoffs, McHugh can answer a lot of questions with his rehab assignment. The picture has been “clear as mud” lately on what will be the situation facing the Astros. However, McHugh is positive of his arm and being back on the mound. This is a great sign for fans and the organization as we head into the All-Star Break, and towards the trade deadline.
McHugh’s impact on the Trade Deadline
Collin has been a solid starter in the Astros rotation since joining the team in 2014. He has a 43-26 record with the club, with a 3.71 ERA and 1.249 WHIP. McHugh is a solid starting pitcher that is capable of being the arm to solidify the rotation. He was great in the 2015 ALDS and will be able to lean on that come postseason. All in all, McHugh has a huge impact on the Astros focus at the trade deadline on July 31st.
What to Expect
McHugh is rusty, so we should expect some mistakes regarding location and movement. He will be on a pitch count, should range around 50-60 pitches. Fans should expect to see him for three innings at a max. Most importantly, we hope for a healthy outing that results in positive responses in his recovery. McHugh mentioned in the video that his arm and body had responded well, so continuity is key going forward.
***Stats and Data courtesy of Baseball-Reference***