Lance McCullers has been the Astros starting pitcher of late, especially at home. McCullers was rolling along with another fine home start on Tuesday (minus two solo home runs) when that came to screeching halt.
McCullers retired Josh Donaldson with weak contact to Jose Altuve for the second out in the fifth inning. McCullers paced around the mound in clear discomfort. After meeting with the infielders and manager A.J. Hinch, McCullers exited the game.
At first, it appeared to be an injury to McCullers' leg as he grabbed for his groaning area. Hinch said after the game that McCullers exited with elbow discomfort and that he would be reevaluated on Wednesday.
McCullers allowed two runs on seven hits over 4 2/3 innings while striking out six and walking one. With McCullers out of the game, Joe Musgrove made his first major league appearance to finish the game for the Astros.