The Houston Astros have been slipping a little as of late, and they will be losing another piece as Scott Feldman will be out for the remainder of the season with a sprained shoulder.
Feldman left his start against Seattle on September 1 with shoulder discomfort, but the Astros thought he could return after missing a start. After an MRI Thursday, GM Jeff Luhnow decided that his season would be finished. This is his second injury of the year as he missed two months earlier this season after arthroscopic knee surgery.
In 2015, Feldman is 5-5 with a 3.90 ERA with a 61/27 strikeout to walk ratio in 18 starts.
Feldman, 32, signed in Houston two offseasons ago on a three-year deal worth $30 million. He has been a solid middle of the rotation starter and a good veteran presence in a very young Houston clubhouse. There is still one year left on his deal and he should be back in 2016 for the Astros.
Houston announced that he will begin rehab immediately and will be ready for the start of next season in which he is due $8 million.
The upstart Astros come into Friday with a 2.5 game lead over the Texas Rangers and should be able to get by without Feldman like they have for most of this season. The pitching has been solid with the current rotation of Dallas Keuchel, Scott Kazmir, Mike Fiers, Collin McHugh, and Lance McCullers and with those five holding down the rotation, it was unlikely for Feldman to even get a postseason start should they get there.