Lance McCullers won't pitch in the World Series for the Houston Astros

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Monday, October 25, 2021
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It was a big surprise: Pitcher Lance McCullers Jr. pulled in Game 4 of the ALDS versus the Chicago White Sox. But now, we're learning more about why. Here's how the squad made it through to advance to the AL Championship Series.

HOUSTON, Texas -- Lance McCullers won't pitch in the World Series for the Houston Astros because of a forearm strain.

After a career-high 13 wins during the regular season, when he also had a 3.16 ERA and 185 strikeouts, McCullers got hurt in the AL Division Series. He pitched 6 2/3 scoreless innings in a Game 1 victory over the Chicago White Sox but left after four innings in Game 4 with what the team said was forearm tightness.

The video above is from a previous story explaining his injury.

McCullers, who was left off the AL Championship Series roster, said Monday that he and the team have known there was less than a 1% chance of him getting back for the World Series, but there was no need to write him off until they had to.

The right-hander said the type of strain he has usually means six to eight weeks before picking up a ball and throwing.

"Tried to push it as far as we could, just couldn't make it back to throwing," he said.