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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Astros Injury Update: Collin McHugh exits, suffers contusion from comebacker

By on 9/16/2014 07:30:00 AM

Another excellent outing by Houston Astros right-hander Collin McHugh was ended slightly prematurely when he was struck by a line drive off the bat of Lonnie Chisenhall.'s Brian McTaggart reports that McHugh was hit on the left wrist during the seventh inning when trying to field the sharp comebacker hit by the Cleveland Indians third baseman.

McHugh (seen below being checked out by the Astros' trainer) came out of the game after 6 2/3 innings and was seen with 'a nasty welt' on his wrist following the win. The right-hander told McTaggart that although painful, he was glad the pitch did not hit him somewhere worse:
"It got me kind of in the meat of my wrist," he said. "It scared me a little bit at first because my hand kind of clenched up, but for the most part it was one of those things. It was a blessing it hit me there instead of some other places. It will be nice and sore with a good bruise for the next few days."
McTaggart indicated that McHugh expects to make his next start, which is lined up to be against the Mariners on Sunday.

After showing no promise at all in brief major league stints with the Mets (8.26 ERA in 28 1/3 innings) and the Rockies (9.95 ERA in 19), McHugh was claimed off waivers by the Astros last December and has taken a remarkable step forwards to put up some of the best starting pitcher numbers in baseball. His 2.79 ERA ranks 16th amongst all starters this season (min. 20 starts) and his K/9 of 9.13 is 15th. If the Astros can take a step forward and start to contend, McHugh could prove to be an unexpectedly valuable piece of the puzzle.

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