McCullers to get at least one more start

McCullers to get at least one more start

HOUSTON -- As the Astros await left-hander Brett Oberholtzer's return from the disabled list, manager A.J. Hinch said Tuesday that rookie right-hander Lance McCullers will make another start, Saturday against the Tigers in Detroit.

McCullers, 21, made his debut on Monday and allowed one run and three hits in 4 2/3 inning while getting a no-decision against the A's. He's taking the rotation spot of Oberholtzer, who's on the DL with a blister and threw in the bullpen Tuesday without any problems.

"It went real well," said Oberholtzer, who will throw another bullpen session Thursday. "The finger was great and I pitched my pitches, and the location was great, as well, so I'm pretty happy about today."

Hinch said Oberholtzer might have to make one rehab start before returning to action, which could pave the way for McCullers to stay in the rotation for another start beyond Saturday. Hinch liked the way McCullers competed in his debut, especially after a taxing second inning that ran up his pitch count.

"When he slows down and keeps his delivery intact, he has good control," Hinch said. "Obviously, controlling his emotions is pretty hard. I can imagine that's the most adrenaline he's ever had in his life."

McCullers made headlines Monday for the Batman logos on the heels of his cleats as much as he did for the way he pitched. He said his agent, Scott Boras, who was at the game Monday, told him to perhaps expect a letter from Major League Baseball telling him he couldn't use the logo.

McCullers' Batman cleats

"I didn't know any better," McCullers said. "I'm a naïve rookie. I would have felt weird without them on."

McCullers said they were the same cleats he's worn all year at Double-A and the only game shoes he had with him Monday.

"I knew that [Matt Harvey] is called the Dark Night, so I knew some Batman stuff had been introduced to the baseball world," he said. "I've been wearing them, and [George Springer] was like, 'Man, you have to wear those if you're going to have them here.' I put them on and got a lot of feedback."

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.