HOUSTON -- Astros starting pitcher Brian Moehler, who left Wednesday's game against the Pirates after three innings because of a strained groin, was examined by team doctors on Thursday. Moehler has been dealing with a groin issue for several starts.
"It's nothing that I'm overly concerned about," Moehler said. "As far as the timing, it couldn't have come at a better time. I'll have four days off and four days after that [for the All-Star break], and if I do start again, it's going to be on the back end of the rotation, so that's another four days."
Moehler, who is 1-4 with a 4.92 ERA in 20 games, including eight starts, will likely be moved back to the bullpen after the All-Star break now that Bud Norris is healthy and Felipe Paulino could be activated to rejoin the rotation.
"There's moving parts, and hopefully, this is something we can resolve without having to think about making a move with him," Astros general manager Ed Wade said.