Musgrove will start for Triple-A Fresno on Friday, Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports.
This will be Musgrove's first start since he was demoted from the Astros over the last weekend. Musgrove will need to use his time with the Grizzlies to correct himself, but even if he does, there's no guarantee he'll be back in the majors. Dallas Keuchel (neck), Charlie Morton (latissimus) and Collin McHugh (elbow) all are nearing a return to join Lance McCullers in Houston's rotation. Beyond that, Mike Fiers and Brad Peacock each look like they belong there as well. It's time for Musgrove to take care of what he can control and let the situation play itself out.
Musgrove was demoted to Triple-A Fresno on Saturday, Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports.
This transaction did not come as a surprise. Musgrove had a 10.29 ERA over the three starts he made since returning from a stint on the disabled list due to shoulder inflammation. For the season, the 24-year-old right-hander's ERA (6.01) ranks 102nd out of 108 starters who have pitched at least 60 innings. He's expected to make his first start for the Grizzlies on Thursday. His length of stay in the minor leagues hinges on his progress at Fresno and the performances in the majors of prospects Francis Martes and David Paulino.
Musgrove has minor league options available and could be allowed to work through his recent struggles at Triple-A Fresno, Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Musgrove, who was tagged for nine runs over 3.1 innings Friday, has allowed 82 hits and 14 home runs over 67.1 innings and completed six innings in only four of his 13 starts. His next scheduled start comes Thursday but Lance McCullers' (back) return from the DL on Saturday affords manager A.J. Hinch the option of keeping both Francis Martes and David Paulino in the rotation until Musgrove rights himself.
Musgrove (4-7) allowed nine runs on 12 hits and a walk, struck out four and lasted just 3.2 innings Friday night in a loss to Seattle.
Musgrove is struggling of late, as he is now 1-4 over his past five starts and has allowed at least five runs on three of them. He served up three home runs in Friday's start and has now given up a whopping 14 in just 13 outings, the main driver behind his brutal 6.01 ERA.
Musgrove (4-6) allowed five runs on six hits and two walks with seven strikeouts over 5.2 innings in a loss Sunday to the Red Sox.
Musgrove was nasty at times, as he was able to induce 10 swinging strikes in just 90 pitches. Unfortunately, he was just too sloppy to make it count. When he missed, he missed badly, as he was touched up for a pair of home runs that accounted for three of the five runs he allowed. This was just Musgrove's second start since returning from a disabled list trip for shoulder discomfort, and he may need another start to get back to midseason form.
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