Right-hander Lance McCullers Jr. may need elbow surgery, Houston Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow told the Houston Chronicle. And with Dallas Keuchel and Charlie Morton exploring free agency, the Astros’ strong starting rotation could face some questions this offseason.
Luhnow didn’t get into details on the diagnosis of McCullers, 25, saying only he “has been seen by some doctors,” and surgery is possible.
When asked directly if McCullers will pitch for the Astros in 2019, Luhnow told the Chronicle: “If he has surgery, no. If he doesn’t, yes. … Any time you’re talking about an elbow injury, (surgery) is one path to resolving it.”
McCullers strained a muscle in his forearm in August while swinging a bat and did not return until late September as a reliever.
Luhnow said the team will know “shortly” whether McCullers needs surgery. He added his “goal is going to be looking at all the different alternatives” to address possible holes in the rotation, alluding to free agency and trades.
The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reported Houston has expressed interest in free agent CC Sabathia.
In 2018, McCullers pitched in 25 games (22 starts) and posted a 10-6 record with a 3.86 ERA. He struck out 142 batters in 128 1/3 innings pitched.
–Field Level Media