Fresno Grizzlies

Astros send pitcher McHugh to Fresno for season-opening rehab start

Houston Astros starting pitcher Collin McHugh throws against the Kansas City Royals in Game 1 of the 2015 American League Division Series.
Houston Astros starting pitcher Collin McHugh throws against the Kansas City Royals in Game 1 of the 2015 American League Division Series. Kansas City Star

Collin McHugh, working his way back toward the Houston Astros’ starting rotation, will lend a big-league air to the Fresno Grizzlies’ season-opener Thursday at Chukchansi Park.

The Astros said Monday that McHugh will make a rehab start for the Grizzlies in Thursday’s 7:05 p.m. game against the Reno Aces.

McHugh started the regular season on the 10-day disabled list, where he went after suffering a dead right arm during spring training. He was in Houston for Monday’s season-opening festivities as the Astros hosted Seattle.

The five-year major-league veteran was 13-10 with a 4.34 ERA and a career-high 177 strikeouts last season for Houston.

In 2015, he had a career-high 19 wins and was the Astros’ starter in Game 1 of the American League Division Series against Kansas City.

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