Astros' Lance McCullers Jr. will not pitch in World Series


HOUSTON (SportsRadio 610) - Astros ace Lance McCullers Jr. will not pitch in the World Series, he announced Monday.

This had been a concern since McCullers was pulled in the ALDS Game 4 against the Chicago White Sox with forearm tightness.

McCullers told reporters Monday the official diagnosis is forearm tightness, which is a six to eight-week injury.

"Definitely is disappointing, disheartening," McCullers said. "The worst thing is I feel like I can't be there for the team. I'm sure the fans are disappointed. I surely am. But it is what it is now. I can't do anything about it. I felt like I played a big part in our team's success throughout the season, definitely that first round. It's disappointing.

"When you have a team like this and you've been to the postseason so many times and the World Series is always your goal, spring training and the season is almost just like something you have to do because this is where you want to be. This is where you hope to be. So for me to not be able to pitch when I feel like these are moments I dream of, moments I'm kind of built for, that's probably the worst part."

McCullers gave up just one run in the 10 2/3 innings he pitched for the Astros in games one and four of the ALDS.

Here was my conversation with McCullers on Friday night, after the Astros won the American League pennant at Minute Maid Park.