McHugh allowed six runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out one over 2.2 innings against the Marlins on Thursday. The Marlins teed off on McHugh in the second innning when they scored five runs, raising the right-hander's spring ERA to 15.88. "I got behind a few guys," McHugh told Hunter Atkins of the Houston Chronicle. "My fastball wasn't fooling anybody today. Wasn't getting by anybody. I felt like every mistake I made, they hit hard. Frustrating. Nobody wants to have days like that, even in spring training." The good news is that he got his pitch count up to 57 after missing time due to back soreness and got up and down three times. Historically, McHugh has not been a dominant pitcher in spring training. His career spring ERA is 7.22, which stands in contrast to his regular-season 3.87 ERA.
McHugh (back) allowed three runs on three hits and recorded two strikeouts over two innings during Saturday's spring game against the Cardinals. McHugh, who was scratched from Monday's scheduled start due to a sore back, was able to make a pain-free return to the mound Saturday, Chandler Rome of The Houston Chronicle reports. The 31-year-old had a clean first inning but gave up two singles and a home run during his second frame. McHugh should be on track for the start of the regular season despite the brief layoff.
McHugh (back) is scheduled to start Saturday's exhibition game against the Cardinals, Jake Kaplan of The Athletic reports. McHugh was scratched ahead of his previously scheduled turn Monday for precautionary purposes while he tended to a sore back. The right-hander experienced no unexpected discomfort during his bullpen session Tuesday, so he'll be ready to make his next turn through the rotation as expected.
McHugh (back) will have his Monday start skipped due to back soreness, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports. Rome indicated the move was made with "an abundance of caution" as McHugh is set for a bullpen session after Tuesday's off-day. Manager A.J. Hinch also downplayed the injury after the 31-year-old was pulled early from Wednesday's start. Assuming all goes well in his throwing session, McHugh is next expected to see game action next Saturday.
McHugh (back) is scheduled to start one of the Astros' split-squad games Monday, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports. McHugh exited Wednesday's start against the Nationals due to back soreness, but he and manager AJ Hinch downplayed the injury afterward. Hinch reiterated that notion Friday, indicating that he fully anticipates the 31-year-old will take the mound.