For the second consecutive season, the Houston Astros have stumbled wildly out of the gate with an ugly record (5-14 at the time of this post), and now, they will be without their best starting pitcher for at least 15 days after right-hander Scott Feldman was placed on the disabled list.
The Astros have placed RHP Scott Feldman on the 15-day DL with bicep tendinitis. RHP Collin McHugh will be officially recalled tomorrow.
— Houston Astros (@astros) April 21, 2014
Feldman has been quite effective in 4 starts this season, putting up a 1.69 ERA, but even with that high level of production, his peripherals indicate that regression was looming, even regardless of this injury. The 31-year-old has as many walks as strikeouts this season (yikes) and with a career strikeout rate of just 5.52 per 9 innings, he can ill afford to have any sort of control issues.
While it is unknown whether that early wildness had anything to do with this latest arm injury, you never want to see a pitcher go down with bicep woes. Feldman’s time table for return is still virtually unknown at this point, but if he is out for any extended period of time, it will be a tough pill to swallow for an already underwhelming rotation in Houston.