First baseman Marwin Gonzalez was scratched from the Astros’ starting lineup about 45 minutes prior to Saturday’s game against the Mariners with right oblique tightness. Yuli Gurriel replaced him in the lineup, batting seventh.
Astros right-hander Lance McCullers Jr. will come off the disabled list Saturday to start at Safeco Field against the Mariners, who will counter with right-hander Sam Gaviglio. McCullers was placed on the disabled list June 9 with lower back discomfort and missed two starts.
In the moments that followed the Astros’ 13-3 loss to the Mariners on Friday night, manager A.J. Hinch wasn’t in the mood to discuss whether starting pitcher Joe Musgrove would remain in the rotation following his rough outing.
Felix Hernandez returned from a two-month stint on the disabled list to beat the Astros on Friday night and he got plenty of help from his friends as the Mariners rolled to a 13-3 win in the series opener at Safeco Field.
In anticipation of their three-game series against a Mariners lineup that features impact left-handed hiiters Robinson Cano and Kyle Seager, the Astros called up left-handed reliever Reymin Guduan from Triple-A Fresno on Friday and optioned right-hander Dayan Diaz back down.
With Thursday’s 12-9 win over the A’s at the Coliseum, the Astros secured a four-game sweep and became the first Major League team to reach the 50-win benchmark in 2017.
Astros leadoff man George Springer exited Thursday’s contest against the A’s after being hit by a pitch on the left hand from Oakland right-hander Jesse Hahn during the game’s first plate appearance.
Felix Hernandez is set to return to Safeco Field on Friday night as the Mariners open a three-game set against the Astros, who will arrive in the Pacific Northwest with the Majors’ best record.
The Astros won their 50th game of the season on Thursday afternoon, holding off an A’s rally for a 12-9 victory to complete a four-game sweep at Oakland Coliseum.
Astros reliever Jandel Gustave underwent Tommy John surgery on Wednesday morning in Houston, and is expected to be out until 2018.
Coming off his first career win in his last start, Astros right-hander David Paulino will start Thursday’s series finale against righty Jesse Hahn and the A’s.