Houston Astros’ Parker Mushinski to pitch second rehab game for Sugar Land Space Cowboys

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OAKLAND, Calif. — Astros reliever Parker Mushinski, one of three injured left-handed pitchers on Houston’s 40-man roster, is set to pitch a second game of rehabilitation for Class AAA Sugar Land on Saturday night.

Mushinski, on the disabled list since June 7 with left elbow discomfort, threw 20 pitches and had two hits, two runs and two walks in his first appearance in rehab for Sugar Land on Wednesday.

The Astros are short in the bullpen as they deploy a six-man starting rotation and additionally have no left-handed relievers with Mushinski and Blake Taylor both injured.

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There’s no guarantee, however, that Mushinski will be back in the Houston bullpen when his rehab mission is over. The Astros relievers were phenomenal and entered Saturday with a 2.62 ERA, tied for best in the majors. Seth Martinez and Bryan Abreu, the two men with minor league options, both pitched well.

On Saturday, Astros manager Dusty Baker gave no indication of his decision once Mushinski is ready to return.

“Our bullpen is doing pretty well right now, so we have to decide who would you send?” said Baker. “Guys are doing pretty well, so it has a lot to do with how a guy feels, how many innings he could have or who has options. It’s hard to make moves just to make moves if the guys are throwing well.

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