AJ Hinch and the Houston Astros are about to get some major juice back into their starting rotation, as Lance McCullers is fully healed and ready to go.
The promising young righty missed the entire 2019 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery. Houston fans should be thrilled to heat that McCullers is back to his old self and will be ready to pitch at full strength in 2020, bringing his trademark bender back to the table.
McCullers, who just turned 26 last month, was an All-Star in 2017, helping to lead the Astros to the franchise's only championship. He famously slammed the door on the New York Yankees in the ALCS, as he gave them a steady diet of his hard, nearly unhittable spike curveball.
The son of former Padres reliever Lance McCullers Sr., McCullers posted a 3.86 ERA in 22 starts last season. While not otherworldly, he was continuing to improve as a pitcher before Tommy John ended his 2019 season before it ever began.
With Gerrit Cole potentially jumping ship in the offseason, the Astros need McCullers and his curveball back at an All-Star level more than ever. Great start to the offseason.