Astros play it safe by putting McHugh on DL

Astros play it safe by putting McHugh on DL

HOUSTON -- The Astros opted to play it safe with right-hander Collin McHugh, choosing to place him on the 15-day disabled list Saturday, a move that's retroactive to Monday, with a right middle finger nail avulsion, which is when the nail pulls away from the skin.

"I don't think any time you're on the DL it's a nice thing," McHugh said. "I take a lot of pride in getting the ball every fifth day. I was talking to my wife last night and she was reminding me this is the first time I've missed a start in six years. It's not something you want, obviously, but I understand where the organization and coaching staff is coming from."

McHugh developed the condition throwing Sunday against the Angels in Anaheim and was hopeful to start Saturday against the Red Sox, but the club called left-hander Brett Oberholtzer up from Triple-A Oklahoma City and decided to give McHugh the All-Star break to fully recuperate.

"We have guys that have thrown the ball really well who can come up and give you a blow," McHugh said. "If this was the playoffs, if this was the playoff push we were making at the end of the season, I would be out there. I think at that point it makes sense to give us the rest and start fresh when we come back."

McHugh is scheduled to pitch the Astros' fourth game out of the All-Star break, which will be July 22 in Oakland. McHugh's 0-5 with a 4.18 ERA in his past five starts, but he still hasn't pitched poorly in that span. He's allowed only 21 hits in 28 innings and has struck out 33 batters. Opponents are hitting .208 against him in that span.

Still, McHugh views the second half as a chance to finish the season strong.

"You take this as a fresh start and just move on from here and try to remember some of the really good things I've done and work from there and put these last couple of starts behind me," he said.

Brian McTaggart is a reporter for 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.