The Houston Astros begin their American League Championship Series against the Boston Red Sox on Friday night, but the injury status of arguably their best starter is currently uncertain.
According to Jon Heyman of MLB Network Astros starter Lance McCullers has undergone an MRI. However, Heyman later reported that McMullers is likely out for the Astros’ ALCS showdown with the Boston Red Sox.
The MRI is presumed to have been performed on the 13-game winner’s right forearm after he threw four innings with a one-run ball during the Houston game. Game 4, decisive victory in the ALDS over the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday, but had to be retired with a sore forearm. During the regular season, McCullers led the stars with a 13-5 record in 28 starts, while posting the second best effectiveness (3.16) among the headlines – Framber Valdez had a mark of 3.14.
The 28-year-old led the team with 185 strikeouts and pitched the team’s second-most innings with 162 1/3, behind only Zack Greinke, while allowing only 13 home runs. He led all starters in hits for nine innings (6.8), home runs for nine innings (0.7) and strikeouts for nine innings (10.3).
The Astros and Red Sox will meet in Game 1 of the American League Championship Series at 8:07 pm ET on Friday.
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