Houston Astros pitcher Lance McCullers Jr. left off ALCS roster against Red Sox

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - OCTOBER 12: Starting pitcher Lance McCullers Jr. #43 of the Houston Astros pitches during the 2nd inning of Game 4 of the American League Division Series against the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field on October 12, 2021 i

Houston Astros pitcher Lance McCullers Jr. has been left off the team’s roster for the American League Championship Series against the Boston Red Sox.

During the American League Division Series against the Chicago White Sox, McCullers left Game 4 after four innings because of forearm tightness. General manager James Click said Thursday that he was being evaluated as they made final decisions on their roster.

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No announcement has been made on the severity of his injury, so there is a possibility he could return if the Astros advance to the World Series. 

McCullers and catcher Garrett Stubbs have both been moved to the taxi squad.

Compared to the team’s division series roster, pitchers Jake Odorizzi and Blake Taylor are the additions.

The Red Sox retained the same roster from the ALDS except for replacing pitchers Matt Barnes and Austin Davis with left-hander Darwinzon Hernandez and right-hander Hirokazu Sawamura.

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Both teams will have 13 pitchers, two catchers and 11 other position players for this series.

The Astros will open their fifth consecutive ALCS on Friday in Houston. Game 2 is set for Saturday at Minute Maid Park.

Game 3 and Game 4 of the best-of-seven series are scheduled for Monday and Tuesday in Boston.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.