HOUSTON – Houston Astros Game 2 starter Luis Garcia had to leave without taking an out due to unspecified physical discomfort in the second inning due to physical ailments and after receiving a grand slam from JD Martinez to leave the game 4-0 in favor of the Boston Red Sox.
Garcia walked Christian Arroyo and his teammates immediately joined the mound before calling Houston medical services along with manager Dusty Baker.
The right-hander went with two hits allowed, including Martinez’s home run, four earned runs, two strikeouts and three walks in just one inning.
He was relieved by Jake Odorizzi, who was a candidate to start Game 4 of the series against the Red Sox in Boston.
The Astros came short of starters to the Championship Series and with the bad news that Lance McCullers Jr was off the roster with a muscle injury to his right forearm. It is unknown if he will be able to return in the event of the World Series.
“We’ll see how I progress and how I feel for the next two days,” McCullers explained. “We’re fighting time a little bit. I have to be able to pitch a little bit before I pitch. Today is a better day than yesterday, so I hope the days keep helping me and we’ll see where I am.”