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Luis Garcia injury: The righty is the second Astros starter to suffer an injury in the last two games

The Houston Astros have a starting pitcher exiting a game with an injury for the second night in a row. Righty Luis Garcia left Monday night’s game against the San Francisco Giants (GameTracker) with an elbow problem after throwing just eight pitches, the team announced. Right-hander José Urquidy was knocked out of Sunday night’s 4-3 win over the Philadelphia Phillies with a shoulder injury. He was placed on the disabled list on Monday.

Garcia’s final pitch was 82.9 mph, just south of his season average of 85.4 mph. He threw his final pitch, huddled on the mound with his teammates, then called the trainer and left the game. For what it’s worth, Garcia has never been on the injured list in his career, either in the majors or the minors.

Houston is already without Urquidy, who said he felt “a weak sensation” in his shoulder after Sunday’s start, and Lance McCullers Jr. McCullers suffered a forearm strain in spring training and has not served this season. He is relatively early in his shooting program and weeks away from rejoining the team.

Astro’s rotation depth chart currently looks something like this:

  1. LHP Framber Valdez
  2. RHP Cristian Javier
  3. RHP Lance McCullers Jr. (forearm strain)
  4. RHP Luis Garcia (injured retired Monday)
  5. RHP Jose Urquidy (shoulder problems)
  6. RHP Hunter Brown
  7. RHP Forrest Whitley?

When the Astros entered Monday’s game, they were one of eight teams that had played just five starters this season. That will change with Urquidy on the shelf. Righty Brandon Bielak was called up to fill Urquidy’s roster spot, and he came out of the lineup Monday to replace Garcia. Bielak pitched 75 pitches in Triple-A.

Garcia, 26, has a 4.00 ERA in five starts and 27 innings this season and a 3.61 ERA in 352 career big league innings through 2020. He did quite a bit in the World Baseball Classic this spring, effectively for his native Venezuela.

The Astros entered Monday’s action with a 15-13 record and two games back of the Texas Rangers in the AL West. They have allowed 3.79 runs per game, sixth lowest in baseball.

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