Peacock, Keuchel and McHugh to face Mariners

Peacock, Keuchel and McHugh to face Mariners

HOUSTON -- The Astros set their rotation for the weekend series against the Mariners at Minute Maid Park, giving right-hander Collin McHugh another start, which was expected after he went 2-0 with a 0.59 ERA in his first two starts.

McHugh, who will start Sunday's series finale, was called up to replace Scott Feldman when he went on the disabled list, and has been dazzling. Brad Peacock will start Friday, and left-hander Dallas Keuchel on Saturday.

Astros manager Bo Porter said Feldman needs just a little more time. He's been on the disabled list for more than a week with biceps tendinitis.

"We just felt like Feldman's had a lot of time off and we want to give him a couple of extra days to continue to get built up, and we'll slot him back in accordingly," Porter said. "We didn't want to slot him in Saturday. We want to let these guys take another turn through."

Feldman is going to throw a simulated game on Sunday, which should be his final hurdle before returning to the rotation. Signed to a three-year, $30 million deal, he went 2-1 with a 1.69 ERA in his first three starts before getting injured.

Brian McTaggart is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.