Musgrove to return for Rangers series

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HOUSTON — Barring any last-minute setback, Astros starting pitcher Joe Musgrove will return from the disabled list to start Monday’s series opener against the Rangers.

Musgrove, who has been battling right shoulder discomfort, began his DL stint on May 27, the day after he earned his fourth win this season in a season-long seven shutout innings — and season-high 102 pitches — against the Orioles in Minute Maid Park.

Musgrove's seven shutout innings

As part of his rehab, Musgrove has played catch and has thrown a handful of bullpen sessions without pain or cause for concern. Musgrove will rejoin the Astros rotation that currently features two other starters, Dallas Keuchel and Charlie Morton, on the disabled list.

“We’re losing guys right and left and it’s kind of been musical chairs with the whole DL and the starting rotation,” Musgrove said. “But our guys have been doing really well and stepping up when we need guys to get the job done. Everyone’s trying to do their part when it’s their turn.

“No one ever likes being on the DL. But it’s important this early in the year, especially with the way I’ve been going, that I keep myself in the best shape I can.”

Musgrove, a 24-year-old righty, is 4-4 with a 4.89 ERA in 53.1 innings (10 starts) this season.

“He’s only had a couple bullpens, [but] he should feel really strong. We’ll monitor his pitch load and see how he’s feeling,” Astros manager A.J. Hinch said.

“It’ll be nice to have him back. He was in our rotation to start the year because he’s one of our best five. So getting him back, it’ll be nice when that happens. But not only do we want him back, we want him good.”

Christian Boutwell is a reporter for based in Houston. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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