Urquidy, who struck out 10 batters in five innings Wednesday, will not be available to pitch again until next Tuesday, David Barron of the Houston Chronicle reports. Urquidy was spectacular in a spot start, but the Astros are cognizant of his innings count. After undergoing Tommy John elbow surgery in 2017, Urquidy has already compiled a career-high 135 innings in 2019.
Urquidy allowed one run on one hit and one walk while striking out 10 over five innings in a no-decision against the Athletics on Wednesday. Urquidy was spectacular in a spot start, dazzling the A's and leaving with his team ahead, 2-1, but manager AJ Hinch was reticent to leave him in the game, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports. Prior to Wednesday's start, Urquidy had already accumulated a career-high 130 innings, so Hinch went to the bullpen, which gave up the lead and Urquidy's chance for a win in the sixth inning. The Astros are currently running a four-man starting staff and do not need a fifth starter until the penultimate game of the regular season (Sept. 28).
Urquidy will start Wednesday's game against the Athletics, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports. Urquidy will make a spot start after the Astros used multiple long relievers in Tuesday's 21-7 loss. The 24-year-old has a 5.33 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and 24:5 K:BB in six major-league outings this season (27 innings). The Astros' schedule would allow them to get by without a fifth starter until Sept. 28, so Urquidy will presumably shift back to the bullpen after Wednesday's outing.
Urquidy was recalled from Triple-A Round Rock on Saturday, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports. With Collin McHugh (undisclosed) heading to the injured list in a corresponding move, Urquidy will rejoin the Astros for the stretch run. It remains to be seen whether the 24-year-old will be given a chance to start with the big club down the stretch or if he'll transition to a long-relief role. Urquidy has made five big-league appearances this season (all starts), compiling a 5.87 ERA, 1.39 WHIP and 24:4 K:BB across 23 innings.
Urquidy allowed a season-high 11 runs on 14 hits and a walk over 4.2 innings Wednesday in Triple-A Round Rock's 20-12 loss to El Paso. Making his return to the minors after ceding his spot in the Houston rotation to Aaron Sanchez last week, Urquidy didn't help his case for a quick return to the big club by surrendering six extra-base knocks in the ugly outing. The blowup resulted in his season ERA and WHIP at Triple-A climbing from 4.07 and 1.03 to 5.57 and 1.22, respectively.