Champagne isn’t the one factor the Houston Astros are conserving on ice.
Lance McCullers Jr.’s subsequent begin — initially scheduled for Recreation 3 of the ALCS right this moment within the Bronx — has been pushed again till Sunday after getting hit within the elbow bone by a spare bottle of bubbly whereas celebrating his group’s ALDS overcome the Seattle Mariners.
The righty advised the media on Friday that he’s OK — “just a bit little bit of swelling” — and he threw a 35-pitch bullpen session.
As for the way it occurred, the 29-year-old pitcher mentioned he was struck with a bottle as somebody walked behind him.
“It was actually nobody’s fault,” McCullers mentioned of the freak damage. “It was simply an accident.
“I used to be standing there, he was strolling by,” the 2017 World Collection champ added. “It simply occurred to hit me in the precise spot.”
McCullers had already been on the shelf for a very good chunk of the yr, not debuting this season till Aug. 13 because of a pressure in his proper flexor tendon.
The seven-year professional, who missed all the 2019 season whereas recovering from Tommy John surgical procedure, wasn’t the one pitcher this postseason to incur an odd damage.
Philadelphia Phillies nearer David Robertson was left off of his group’s NLDS roster after getting harm celebrating a Bryce Harper homer.
Cristian Javier will take the mound in his place for Saturday’s ALCS Recreation 3 towards the New York Yankees. The Astros presently lead the collection 2-0.
“To me … that is simply going to be one other sport,” Javier advised reporters.