Lance McCullers Jr. hit with bottle during ALDS celebration

The Astros pitcher suffered a small minimize on his elbow however will probably be prepared for Game 4. Cristian Javier will get the beginning for Game 3.

Daniel Gotera, Matt Musil, Jaime E. Galvan

12:58 PM CDT October 21, 2022

1:20 PM CDT October 21, 2022

HOUSTON — Cristian Javier and Lance McCullers Jr. will take the mound for the Houston Astros in Games 3 and 4 respectively as American League Championship Series shifts to the Bronx this weekend.

Astros supervisor Dusty Baker made the announcement at a press convention Friday morning following their 3-2 win in Game 2 at Minute Maid Park in Houston.

Baker mentioned McCullers suffered a “mishap” however can be prepared for Game 4 after throwing a bullpen. The supervisor defined he needed to present him an additional day to get well.


McCullers was hit by a champagne bottle in the elbow and suffered a small minimize and swelling during the celebration after eliminating the Seattle Mariners within the American League Division Series.

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“Unfortunately, after the victory in Seattle, I caught a spare champagne bottle to the elbow bone,” McCullers mentioned. “I’m OK. It’s just a little bit of welling. Not a huge deal.”

McCullers mentioned the staff needed to simply be certain he was given a number of further days off.

“It was really no one’s fault, it was just an accident,” he mentioned.

McCullers mentioned he was hit when individuals have been passing by within the locker room. 

The Astros lead the sequence 2-0 with Games 3 and 4 in New York on Saturday and Sunday. If needed, Game 5 will even be in New York. After that, the sequence would shift again to Houston for Games 6 and seven, if needed.

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“It was important for us to get these two games at home,” Baker mentioned. “We’re each robust at house. We’re just a bit higher than them on the street. We know we have now our work minimize out for us.”

Javier was 11-9 during the common season with a 2.54 ERA. He appeared in 30 video games with 25 begins.

He mentioned seeing teammates Justin Verlander and Framber Valdez have success provides him the boldness to do the identical, to have the ability to ask them questions on how you can strategy hitters and have related success will probably be key.  

“I’m very appreciative of God for giving me this opportunity…as always, just prepare to make sure to give us the best chance to win,” Javier mentioned Friday.

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