Astros to closely monitor Lyles’ innings
Astros manager Brad Mills said Sunday he’d like to limit rookie right-hander Jordan Lyles to about 165 or 170 innings this season. Lyles has thrown a combined 106 innings between Triple-A Oklahoma City and the Astros this year heading into his start Monday against the Nationals.
Lyles, 20, is 64 innings shy of reaching 170, which would mean he could make another 10-11 starts if he throws six innings per start. He threw a career-high 158 2/3 innings last year combined between Triple-A Round Rock and Double-A Corpus Christi.
“Getting up to near 165, 170 is what we kind of though about,” Mills said. “We might go over that a little bit, depending on where he’s at. Those are some pretty good numbers. If he reaches that, we really need to take a look at it. You’re looking at a 15-20 [innings] increase.”
The Astros plan to keep Lyles in the rotation for the near future and will figure out the best way to limit his innings the closer they get the 170-inning benchmark.
“Now if it becomes a situation where he’s having some really hard innings or had some tough outings or whatever, we might need to may skip him or whatever,” Mills said. “That’s not in the plans now. We’re going to kind of wait and see how that plays out as we move forward, and we’re a ways away from that yet.”