Astros Injury News: Lance McCullers Jr. Scheduled for Rehab Start

Devon Platana
Houston Astros right-handed pitcher Lance McCullers is scheduled for a rehab start.
Houston Astros right-handed pitcher Lance McCullers is scheduled for a rehab start. / Ron Jenkins/Getty Images

Houston Astros right-handed pitcher Lance McCullers Jr. has missed the last couple of weeks of action with soreness in his right shoulder. Fortunately for Astros fans, it's looking like the 27-year-old hurler could be back in the starting rotation in no time.

It's been reported that McCullers Jr. will make his first rehab start on Thursday with Houston's Triple-A affiliate, the Sugar Land Skeeters. Whether or not he'll need more than one rehab start remains to be seen. Nevertheless, this is great news for Astros fans as it's the last stop before McCullers can rejoin the MLB club.

Lance McCullers Injury Update

Up until he left the rotation on May 22, McCullers Jr. was putting together one of his best campaigns to date. So far, he has a 3-1 record through nine starts while posting a 2.96 ERA. He also has struck out 59 batters through 51.2 innings pitched, giving him an impressive 10.3 strikeouts per nine innings.

Whenever McCullers Jr. does return to the rotation, he'll give the Astros a much-needed boost. Houston is currently 33-26 and trailing the Oakland Athletics (35-26) by a single game for the AL West lead. Fortunately for the Astros, they have the best odds to win their division at -115, according to FanDuel Sportsbook. Meanwhile, the Athletics' odds sit at +105.

The Astros also have the seventh-best odds to win the World Series on FanDuel Sportsbook at +1600. No matter when he comes back, expect McCullers Jr. to play an important role in any success that Houston ends up having this season.

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