The Houston Astros have avoided injuries in Spring Training, until now. One of the Astros’ brightest young arms has been sidelined.
RHP David Paulino has been diagnosed with a bone bruise and will start the 2017 minor league season on the disabled list, per the Houston Chronicle's Jake Kaplan reports.
Astros pitching prospect David Paulino will begin the minor league season on the DL. He was diagnosed with a bone bruise in his right elbow.— Jake Kaplan (@jakemkaplan) March 19, 2017
Paulino, a 23-year-old Dominican international free agent signee, made the jump to the majors in 2016. He appeared in three games for the Astros after posting a 5-2 record with a 1.83 ERA in 14 games (nine starts) with Double-A Corpus Christi. He was moved up to Triple-A after his cup of coffee in the majors, posting a 0-2 record with a 3.86 ERA in three games.
Kaplan also noted Astros manager A.J. Hinch said the team has shut down him down throwing at the moment and he has no structure damage.
Paulino was the No. 7 prospect on the TCB Top 30 Astros Prospects list entering the 2017 season.