5 Astros storylines to follow as 2022 season begins

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When will we see McCullers again?

We haven’t heard much about McCullers’ progress or expected return date, but early in the spring, Baker said he hoped McCullers would pitch for Houston “this year.” Yikes.  McCullers indicated the lockout set his recovery back, because he was unable to work with the training staff to rehab and recover, so in effect the lockout is still hurting the Astros.

When will Lance be ready, how much do the Astros get from him and can they win the AL West and contend in the playoffs without him, if necessary? The “good” news is Lance should be fresh whenever he’s ready to take the hill.