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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Astros Injury Update: Collin McHugh, Jason Castro

By on 7/10/2014 01:15:00 PM

The Houston Astros are expected to evaluate starting pitcher Collin McHugh after a bullpen session on Thursday in his attempt to pitch through a fingernail issue, reports Brian McTaggart of  McTaggart also says catcher Jason Castro should be ready to play after missing three games with an unknown pain in his left armpit area.

McHugh left his start last Sunday against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim after four innings with a right middle fingernail avulsion, meaning his fingernail split and started to bleed. He said it was “unpredictable” whether or not he would make his next start on Saturday against the Boston Red Sox.

The 27-year-old right-hander found little success as part of the New York Mets organization, but has been a pleasant surprise for the Astros this year. McHugh owns a 3.28 ERA (3.50 FIP) in 14 starts with a strikeout rate of 27.4 percent, which is the 12th best in the majors.

As the Astros have an off-day Thursday, they could move Jarred Cosart up a day and have him still pitch on normal rest if McHugh is unable to start on Saturday.

Castro said he felt good enough to play Wednesday after taking anti-inflammatories and was held out of the lineup for precautionary reasons. He first felt the mysterious pain on Sunday and is still unsure what caused it.

Unless I was to get a blood test, I don't think they have a definitive answer.I think the best guess is that it was some kind of irritation with the lymph node. It wasn't swollen, necessarily. They couldn't find any swollen nodes in there, but some kind of irritation with it, and that's what was causing the pain.
Castro isn’t nearly on pace to match his All-Star 2013 season as he is hitting .228/.303/.366, but has been heating up lately and provides the Astros with good defense and pitch framing. Carlos Corporan started in place of Castro in Houston’s three-game sweep of the Texas Rangers. 

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