Musgrove typically doesn't walk batters, let alone three in the same start. He also doesn't hit them, especially not twice on similar pitches. Yet somehow, Musgrove ensured those were his only blemishes in a bounce-back start on the way to a 6-0 Astros' win on Monday night.
Joe Musgrove bounced back after two horrible outings, and the Houston Astros' offense did the rest Monday night.
So far, in terms of pitching, McCullers hasn't advanced beyond playing catch. It remains unclear when the 22-year-old righthander will progress to throwing off a mound, a test of his elbow that will provide a better indicator of whether he can rejoin the rotation before the regular season ends Oct. 2.
The Astros brass was set to meet after batting practice Monday afternoon to determine whether Rasmus was ready to be activated as early as Tuesday or required a minor league rehab assignment.
Jose Altuve's 22nd homer of the season in the sixth inning and a two-run, bases-loaded single by Alex Bregman in the seventh helped propel the Astros to their eighth win in 10 games, 6-0, over the A's in Monday night's series opener at Minute Maid Park.
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