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Collin McHugh | Starting Pitcher | #31

Team: Houston Astros
Age / DOB:  (29) / 6/19/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 191
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Berry College
Drafted: 2008 / Rd. 18 (0) / NYM
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Collin McHugh has been shut down for the next six weeks after being diagnosed with a posterior impingement of his right elbow.
McHugh had to leave his minor league rehab start on Thursday due to tightness in his elbow and now we know the real issue. He did undergo an MRI that showed his UCL is intact, which is at least a bit of good news. It would be a surprise to see him on a big league mound before June. Mike Fiers should continue to occupy a spot in the Astros' rotation in the meantime. Apr 8 - 1:54 PM

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Collin McHugh (arm) exited his rehab start on Thursday with tightness in his right elbow and biceps.

McHugh has returned to Houston to be examined by team doctors, and he'll surely undergo an MRI. It's potentially a big setback for a guy who has dealt with arm issues since the beginning of spring training (although the previous problems were described as a "dead arm" phase). If McHugh has to miss significant time, it means that Joe Musgrove's and Mike Fiers' rotation spots should be safe for a while.
Apr 7 - 5:11 PM

Collin McHugh (arm) lasted just one inning in Thursday's rehab start for Triple-A Fresno, allowing three runs, three hits and one walk versus Reno.

McHugh called a trainer out to the mound after throwing a few warmup pitches in the second inning. This would indicate he suffered some sort of setback. McHugh threw just 26 pitches before exiting.
Apr 6 - 11:32 PM

Collin McHugh (arm) is scheduled to make a rehab start with Triple-A Fresno on Thursday.

McHugh appears to be over his "dead arm" phase and is hoping that his rehab outing Thursday will be the only one he needs before rejoining the Astros' rotation. However, a decision on that surely depends not only on how McHugh looks and feels Thursday, but perhaps also on how Joe Musgrove and Mike Fiers pitch.
Apr 3 - 5:15 PM

Collin McHugh (arm) said that his simulated game on Saturday went well and that he remains on track with his rehab schedule.

The right-hander threw 65 pitches during the game and said afterwards that he's still feeling good. He's expected to need at least a couple of minor league rehab starts before he's ready to join the Astros' rotation at some time in mid-April.
Apr 2 - 5:20 PM

Astros placed RHP Collin McHugh on the 10-day disabled list with right arm fatigue.

McHugh dealt with a "dead arm" this spring and is expected to need a minor league start or two before being activated. Joe Musgrove is filling in for him.
Apr 2 - 1:11 PM

Collin McHugh (arm) will open the season on the 10-day disabled list.

The rest of the team already left for Houston, but McHugh will stay behind and pitch a simulated game on Saturday. He's expected to throw 75 pitches or five innings—whichever one comes first. After that, McHugh will likely make one minor league rehab start before joining the Astros' rotation sometime in mid-April. The 29-year-old recorded a 4.34 ERA over 33 starts for Houston in 2016.
Source: MLB.com
Mar 30 - 5:49 PM

Collin McHugh surrendered three runs over just 1 2/3 innings versus the Cardinals in his Grapefruit League debut Monday.

He coughed up five hits and walked a batter, getting chased before he could complete the second frame. McHugh has dealt with a "dead arm" this spring and is slated to start the season on the disabled list. Based on Monday's performance, it certainly looks like he needs some time.
Mar 27 - 10:03 PM

Collin McHugh (arm) is scheduled to make his Grapefruit League debut on Monday against the Cardinals.

The veteran right-hander has been fighting through a "dead arm" phase and has only pitched in minor league games so far. He's expected to begin the season with a short stint on the disabled list before joining the Astros' rotation.
Mar 25 - 10:03 AM

Astros manager A.J. Hinch said Friday that it's looking more and more likely that Collin McHugh (arm) will get a late start to the season.

McHugh has been battling through a "dead arm" phase and hasn't made any Grapefruit League appearances this spring. He pitched in a minor league game Wednesday and is set to throw in another one Monday, so the Astros would be able to backdate a disabled list stint. The right-hander should be ready to rejoin the rotation sometime in April.
Mar 24 - 11:21 AM

Collin McHugh (arm) will make another start in a minor league game Wednesday.

McHugh threw two innings against minor leaguers last Friday and will throw three innings Wednesday. Battling through a "dead arm" phase, the righty is hoping to be ready to pitch for the Astros by the fourth game of the season. "I think we'll know more once he gets to the four-inning mark," manager A.J. Hinch said on Sunday. "Right now he's just in the two to three-inning mark. These next couple starts will be important. We'd like no rain. We'd like no hiccups. We don't have a lot of room for error. But we'll know more in the next five to 10 days."
Mar 19 - 12:50 PM

Collin McHugh (arm) threw batting practice without incident on Tuesday.

McHugh fell a bit behind schedule while going through a dead-arm phase, but he's hoping to make his Grapefruit League debut on Friday. There's still enough time to get him stretched out for the start of the regular season.
Mar 14 - 12:04 PM

Collin McHugh (arm) is aiming to make his Grapefruit League debut this Friday.

He'll throw a round of live batting practice Tuesday as a final tuneup. McHugh fell behind the other starting pitchers in Astros camp during a late-February dead arm phase, but he could be caught up by Opening Day. Spring training runs longer this year due to the World Baseball Classic.
Mar 13 - 8:34 AM

Collin McHugh (arm) is scheduled to face live hitters for the first time on Monday.

McHugh threw a successful bullpen session earlier in the week and is believed to be over the dead arm period that he dealt with in February. Provided he can avoid any further setbacks, he should be ready for the start of the regular season.
Mar 11 - 8:58 AM

Collin McHugh (arm) threw a successful bullpen session on Monday morning in Astros camp.

McHugh made 25 pitches at 65-70 percent effort and reported feeling good. It was his first time throwing off a mound since his "dead arm" phase began in late February. The right-hander could be ready for his Grapefruit League debut in around 10 days. And if he avoids setbacks, he should be ready for the regular season.
Mar 6 - 12:26 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Brian McCann
2Evan Gattis
1B1Yulieski Gurriel
2Marwin Gonzalez
2B1Jose Altuve
SS1Carlos Correa
3B1Alex Bregman
LF1Nori Aoki
2Teoscar Hernandez
3Tony Kemp
CF1George Springer
2Jake Marisnick
RF1Josh Reddick
DH1Carlos Beltran
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Dallas Keuchel
2Collin McHugh
3Lance McCullers
4Charlie Morton
5Mike Fiers
6Joe Musgrove
7Brad Peacock
8David Paulino
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Ken Giles
2Luke Gregerson
3Chris Devenski
4Will Harris
5Tony Sipp
6Michael Feliz
7Jandel Gustave
8James Hoyt