Peacock allowed a run on two hits and one walk while striking out three in the ninth inning of Saturday's 10-4 win over Arizona. Peacock made his first appearance since missing three games because of hand, foot and mouth disease. Overall, he hadn't pitched in 10 days, and the rust showed. The right-hander needed 25 pitches (14 strikes) to close out the blowout win.
Peacock was cleared by doctors Friday after recovering from a bout of hand, foot and mouth disease and is available to pitch, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports. Peacock was away from the team for three days while recovering from the illness. He'll return to his flexible role on the Astros' pitching staff, which has seen him record three saves and make one spot start while recording a 2.98 ERA and a 36.4 percent strikeout rate.
Peacock was sent home with hand, foot and mouth disease Tuesday, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports. Peacock isn't the first pitcher to come down with the disease this season -- Noah Syndergaard in late July and J.A. Happ in early August both required minimum stays on the disabled list while battling the illness. With expanded September rosters, Peacock likely won't be required to miss 10 full days.
Peacock allowed a hit and recorded a strikeout for a one-out save during Monday's win over the Twins. Houston entered the ninth inning with a three-run lead before Hector Rondon left when he was struck by a comebacker. Will Harris then walked a batter to bring the tying run to the plate and Peacock was called upon to close it out. He allowed a single to the first hitter he faced to load the bases but was able to record a strikeout to preserve the win. Roberto Osuna was unavailable for this one after pitching four of the previous five days.
Peacock covered 1.2 scoreless innings as the opening pitcher Tuesday in the Astros' 3-2 victory over the Mariners. He didn't factor into the decision and allowed three base hits and no walks while striking out two. With Lance McCullers (forearm) on the 10-day disabled list, the Astros were forced to incorporate a new starter into the mix for the first time all season. Peacock, who made 21 starts for Houston in 2017, ended up being manager A.J. Hinch's choice for the nod, but because the right-hander hadn't worked more than three innings in any of his prior appearances this season, he had a short leash Tuesday. Peacock should receive a slight bump up from the 36 pitches he tossed in Seattle in his next outing, which is expected to come Sunday versus the Angels. There's a good possibility that the Astros will once again piggyback him with Framber Valdez, who gave up an unearned run over 4.1 innings in relief of Peacock en route to claiming the win.