Astros starter Lance McCullers Jr. the phrase “champagne problems” has been given new meaning.
The right-hander was set to start Game 3 of the American League Championship Series at Yankee Stadium on Saturday, but will start Game 4 instead. Why? McCullers said he was being pushed back after being hit on the elbow by a champagne bottle and sustaining a small cut during the team’s clubhouse celebration in Seattle after Game 3 of the ALDS.
“I’m fine. It’s just a little bit of swelling, not much,” McCullers said.
“Earlier in the week, we thought it would be beneficial to give me some days off, let everything settle down and give me an extra day. [in] Game 4. It wasn’t really anyone’s fault. It was just an accident, so it’s not a big deal.”
McCullers reported no problems during a 35-pitch bullpen session Friday and will face Yankees left-hander Nestor Cortes in Game 4.
This is not the first odd injury of the 2022 postseason. Phillies reliever David Robertson was forced to miss the NLDS against the Braves after straining a calf muscle while celebrating Bryce Harper’s home run in Game 2 of the team’s Wild Card Series in St. Louis. Louis.