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Lance McCullers to return to Astros rotation on Sunday vs. Dodgers

The Astros rookie starter doesn't have to wait much longer to rejoin the big club.

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The wait will soon be over for Lance McCullers. The Astros rookie pitcher has been in Double A Corpus Christi resting his arm in hopes of being able to pitch during the stretch run. McCullers will make his first start on Sunday against the Dodgers.

McCullers is 5-4 with a 3.17 ERA and 1.21 WHIP with 79 strikeouts in 14 starts (76 2/3 IP) for the Astros this season. He made one start with the Hooks while in Corpus Christi -- he pitched three inning allowing one run on one hit and struck out five on Tuesday.

The Astros sent down McCullers after he had his worst start of the season, allowing six runs over 1/3 of an inning in Texas on Aug. 3. The move wasn't punishment, McCullers has already pitched more innings then he threw all of last year -- he is currently at 108 2⁄3 innings between the majors and minors this year. He threw 97 innings last year.

No word on yet on the corresponding roster moves.