McHugh (elbow) threw for a second straight day Saturday, striking out one in one inning for Double-A Corpus Christi. McHugh will be evaluated Monday to determine how he responds to being used on consecutive days, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports. If that checkup turns out satisfactory, all indications are that McHugh would be activated in time for Tuesday's series opener against Pittsburgh.
Manager AJ Hinch told MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM on Tuesday that McHugh (elbow) would make at least one more rehab appearance in the minors later this week. McHugh completed his second rehab outing at Double-A Corpus Christi on Monday, working 1.1 innings and conceding one run on two hits and a walk while striking out two. The righty tossed 33 pitches in the game, and Hinch suggested McHugh would take on a similar workload again in his next appearance. Hinch's comments suggest that McHugh is still being viewed as a multi-inning relief option when he returns from the 10-day injured list rather than a candidate to re-enter the rotation.
McHugh (elbow) will shift his rehab to Double-A Corpus Christi, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports. McHugh will pitch an inning or more with Corpus Christi on Monday, and it sounds like he could be back with the big club shortly thereafter if everything goes off without a hitch.
McHugh (elbow) allowed two runs on one hit and one walk while striking out one over two-thirds of an inning for Triple-A Round Rock on Friday. McHugh kicked off a rehab assignment by giving up a two-run homer and was pulled mid-inning after 19 pitches. According to Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle, McHugh will require more than one outing of multiple innings before returning to the Astros. The possibility exists he could be back by next weekend's four-game series against the Yankees.
McHugh reported no pain in his right elbow following a bullpen session Tuesday, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports. The report describes the bullpen session as intense, although McHugh's command was shaky. He's nearing a rehab assignment, but the details about when and where are unclear. Additionally, whether McHugh eventually returns to Houston's rotation or is deployed in the bullpen remains to seen.