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AUG 29, 5:16a ET | John Halpin
Rotowire: Mar 18 / 1:35p ET
News: Astros manager A.J. Hinch announced Wednesday that McHugh will start the third or fourth game of the season, Jose de Jesus Ortiz of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Impact: With Dallas Keuchel and Scott Feldman ahead of him in the Astros' starting rotation, McHugh will draw a home start against Cleveland on April 9 or be on the mound at Texas on April 10. How quickly Brett Oberholtzer (back) heals from injury and whomever wins the competition for Houston's fifth starter job will ultimately determine where McHugh lands in the rotation. The 27-year-old has a 6.14 ERA and 9:3 K:BB ratio over 7.1 spring innings thus far.
Rotowire: Mar 5 / 5:54p ET
News: McHugh breezed through two scoreless frames Thursday in the Astros' Grapefruit League opener, striking out three while walking one against the Phillies.
Impact: "In terms of just kind of mental space, it's different because I've never been here, never broken camp with a team before," McHugh said. "It's different, but I'm excited because I'm honored to be called one of the five guys who gets the ball." The 27-year-old right-hander is likely to open 2015 as Houston's No. 2 starter behind Dallas Keuchel.
Rotowire: Mar 2 / 9:13a ET
News: McHugh will start the Astros' Grapefruit League opener Thursday against Philadelphia, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.
Impact: McHugh opens camp fresh off an impressive 2014 campaign, during which he went 11-9 with a 2.73 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and 157:41 K:BB in 154.2 innings for the Astros. His breakout season assured him a spot in Houston's starting rotation to open 2015.