Lance McCullers Jr. Inching Closer to Return

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Houston Astros pitcher Lance McCullers Jr. suffered a season-ending injury following his great performance in Game Four of the 2021 American League Division Series. McCullers has been rehabbing and training to make his return this season, and with the latest update, he could be coming back real soon.

Return of the “Snap Dragon”

Astros manager Dusty Baker made a costly decision during the ALDS last season when he penciled in Lance McCullers Jr. to pitch Game four on only two days of rest instead of going with José Urquidy on full rest. This move cost the Astros perhaps their best pitcher for the rest of the playoffs and the first part of the 2022 season.

McCullers was kept off the ALCS and World Series roster as a precaution to avoid any further injury. McCullers has been far behind on his rehab mostly due to the MLB lockout last winter which made it tough on him by not being able to communicate with team trainers.

McCullers stated during an interview before the season, “It’s been a little difficult, I’m not going to lie. The rehab’s been a little choppy. I was hoping to be a little bit further along than I am right now, but we have the unfortunate circumstance of being locked out. I’m still trying and still pushing and rehabbing away”.

The most recent update on Lance McCullers was given this past Sunday in which Lance was seen throwing from the bullpen mound prior to the game against the Texas Rangers. The original hope for the Astros was to have McCullers back in June, and considering he’s already throwing in the bullpen (not at full force), means that he’s on his way and within the following weeks could turn it up and pitch in some rehab assignments in the minors.

Final Thoughts

Lance McCullers Jr was one of, if not, the best pitcher on the Astros staff last season, his starts against the White Sox and Dodgers do more than back that up. The Astros pitching this season has been great despite losing Lance which means that there should be no rush to bring Lance back. The best-case scenario would be getting Lance back at 100% later on in the season and be able to make a big run in the playoffs, and hopefully get Dusty Baker a World Series ring.

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  • Jack Mehoff says:

    This guy has a paper arm. If we get 40 innings out of him I’ll be surprised.

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