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MLB: No more starts for McCullers?

Houston Astros manager AJ Hinch does not expect Lance McCullers Jr. to rejoin the starting rotation this season when he returns from a forearm injury.

Hinch said Sunday it is unlikely McCullers, who is 10-6 with a 3.93 ERA this season, would be able to rebuild his stamina to the point where he could start.

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“I guess never say never ’cause once you get on the mound and get going things can progress a different way, but I think the focus will be and probably should be shorter stints,” Hinch said.

McCullers has been on the disabled list since Aug. 5, one day after he left a start against the Dodgers early because of a muscle strain.

Hinch also said McCullers’ rehabilitation program was being slowed down because of a “continued lack of progress,” but he is still targeting September for him to resume throwing off the mound.

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Oakland Athletics left-hander Sean Manaea was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a left shoulder impingement. Manaea is 12-9 with a 3.59 ERA in 27 starts this season, including 108 strikeouts and 32 walks in 1602/3 innings. Right-hander Emilio Pagan was recalled from triple-A Nashville. Pagan is 3-0 with a 3.71 ERA in 531/3 innings for Oakland this season, including 53 strikeouts and 15 walks.

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