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Lance McCullers hurt, but his replacement comes up big

Toronto Blue Jays v Houston Astros

HOUSTON, TX - AUGUST 02: Joe Musgrove #59 of the Houston Astros reacts after striking out Josh Thole #22 of the Toronto Blue Jays in the ninth inning at Minute Maid Park on August 2, 2016 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

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Some bad news for the Astros last night as Lance McCullers had to leave the game against Toronto last night in the fifth inning. The reason: elbow discomfort. The Astros will evaluate him more today. Given that he has been the most solid starter the Astros have had all year, this could be scary.

The good news, though? The guy who came on to replace McCullers had a really nice night. That guy was Joe Musgrove, making his major league debut. All he did was deal, tossing four and a third innings of one-hit ball, allowing no runs and striking out eight dudes. Musgrove, by the way, was formerly a Jays farmhand, having been drafted by Toronto in the first round in 2011. He was sent to Houston in the ten-player trade that sent Brandon Lyon, J.A. Happ and David Carpenter to the Jays in 2012.

At the time I wrote this:

I don’t know all of those Blue Jays minor leaguers, but I can’t imagine Lyon, Happ and Carpenter rate top prospects or anything.

We’ll sift through this a bit, but my instincts tell me that this is sound and fury signifying nothing more than a lot of flotsam and jetsam shuffling.

Hey, it was four years ago. I didn’t even remember saying that until Proudly Canadian reminded me of it in the comments today. How he remembered that I have no idea. Either way, for Houston’s sake, they should be happy I was wrong. Hopefully McCullers is OK. If he’s not, hopefully Musgrove can continue to be awesome. Because he may be a good candidate to replace him.

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