Astros Mr. Reliable Will Harris hits the DL for the first time in his MLB career.
The Astros can win even when they walk nine batters, five of them from your third starter. It looked like the pitchers were off for four days. Then you had the defense, they had two errors in the fifth inning. The Astros had no business winning that game without the eight run second inning.
One of the things the Astros need to work on in the second half is going deeper into games. Charlie Morton had 10 strikeouts, but only pitched five innings. When your starters don’t go deep into games, it’s good to have three top pitchers. Chris Devenski, Ken Giles, and Will Harris. That was until after last night’s 10-5 win.
While everyone was settling into the locker room, manager A.J. Hinch announced that Harris will go on the 10-day DL. Don’t fret Astros fans, he shall not be gone to long as it is retroactive to July 11. Harris is having shoulder discomfort that did not get better with rest over the break.
With the 10-day DL, Harris will be able to return next Friday versus the Orioles in Baltimore. The team and Harris were hoping that it would recover with rest over the break. According to Jake Kaplan, the Astros were very aggressive trying to treat the inflation over the break.
When things didn’t respond as hoped, they went ahead and put him on the DL. The corresponding move has not been made at the time of writing. Who is eligible, that would be Dayan Diaz, Jordan Jankowski, or Ashur Tolliver. These three are the ones on the 40-man roster. Any other move would require removing a player from the 40-man roster.
This should be a temporary move, especially with Collin McHugh set to make his final rehab start. Harris has been a reliable asset on the bullpen this year with a 2.86 ERA with 39 strikeouts in 34 2/3 innings.
***Stats from Baseball-Reference***