McHugh to remain in Astros rotation

With veteran right-hander Scott Feldman set to come off the disabled list Friday and start against the Orioles, it’s still unclear who’s coming out of the starting rotation to make room for him.

What is known is that right-hander Collin McHugh, who made three starts in place of Feldman, will remain in the rotation and make his fourth start Saturday against the Orioles in Baltimore. Jarred Cosart will start Sunday’s series finale at Camden Yards.

Astros manager Bo Porter said the club will make a corresponding roster move prior to Friday’s game to open up a roster spot for Feldman, who will make his first start since April 17. It appears either Dallas Keuchel, Brad Peacock or Brett Oberholtzer will be removed from rotation.

McHugh was dazzling in his first two starts in place of Feldman. He struck out 12 batters in 6 2/3 innings April 22 at Seattle and held the A’s to one run and two hits in 8 2/3 innings April 27. He struggled a little bit in his previous outing Sunday against Seattle, allowing five earned runs and eight hits in four innings.

“He threw the ball well,” Porter said. “Even in the last start against Seattle, I felt like he battled. He still had his secondary stuff. It wasn’t as sharp as it was the first two times out, but you look at the body of work in the three starts, and I feel he deserves an opportunity.”

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