The Houston Astros are running out of starting pitchers after placing Brad Peacock on the 10-day Injured List with shoulder discomfort.
Peacock was chased out of the game early yesterday after the Pittsburgh Pirates racked up six runs and three home runs in the first three innings. He never looked comfortable and seemed to have trouble locating his pitches and the Pirates were taking advantage of it. The Astros announced this afternoon that he will be placed on the 10-day Injured List due to soreness in his shoulder.
In his last five games’ Peacock has given up 18 runs and 8 home runs in 25 innings of work. His record over that span is 1-4 with an ERA of 6.59. During the five games previous to that, he only surrendered three earned runs, allowed just one homer, and had a 3-0 record with a 0.93 ERA. Quite a drastic difference when comparing those two stretches of outings. Could the soreness have been bothering him for a while?
Astros’ Manager A.J. Hinch doesn’t feel it’s anything serious and he could probably pitch through it if he needed to. But he felt with the two days off between now and the All-Star Game it would be best to just shut him down to get the rest. Hinch indicated that he would probably join the starting rotation once again following the Summer Classic.
Reymin Guduan has been called up from AAA Round Rock once again. Guduan has pitched in seven games in relief for the Astros this season. In his 5.1 innings, he has allowed seven earned runs and three home runs. His ERA sits at 11.81 and has a 2.25 WHIP.
The Astros are running out of options with the recent demotions of Framber Valdez and Cionel Perez down to the Minors. On top of that, Corbin Martin was recently added to Round Rock’s Injured List making him unavailable. Collin McHugh, who just came off of the Injured List, may find himself right back into the rotation.
Houston is down to Justin Verlander, Gerrit Cole and Wade Miley as their current starters. This isn’t the news you want to hear as they are trying to fight there way out of a 2-11 slump. This All-Star break can’t come too soon. The Astros need the rest.