ARLINGTON -- The Astros added Dan Straily to their rotation on Tuesday afternoon, recalling the right-hander from Triple-A Fresno, as expected. The spot Straily filled previously belonged to righty Lance McCullers, who was optioned to Double-A Corpus Christi after Monday night's 12-9 loss to the Rangers. Straily is scheduled to pitch on three days' rest against Texas' Yovani Gallardo at Globe Life Park on Tuesday night at 7:05 CT.
On Monday night, McCullers faced nine hitters and allowed seven hits, one walk and six runs while recording one out in the shortest outing of his young career.
"[McCullers] struggled with his command, he didn't have a feel for any pitch and he tried to push his way through it and threw a little bit harder, with a little bit more intensity," Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. "He was spraying the ball pretty much from pitch No. 1. It just wasn't his night. He had a bad night at work. He'll recover from it and be fine over the long haul."
McCullers walked Delino DeShields to start the game before giving up four consecutive hits, including a two-run triple to Adrian Beltre, who hit for the cycle. Shin-Soo Choo tagged the righty for a two-run homer later in the inning.
"It's pretty frustrating," McCullers said. "I was watching the film, and I had two strikes on two different batters, and they fouled off curveballs that hit the dirt before they hit their bat. I wanted to be out there long for the guys. I made Mike [Fiers] really work tonight. He wasn't expecting to pitch tonight. That's a little disappointing. I'm not going to roll over. I'm going to work hard, and I'll be back out there, competing for the guys."
The move to send McCullers to Corpus Christi is being made in the Astros' ongoing effort to preserve the 21-year-old's career-high workload.
"I understand the move," McCullers said. "These guys are going to continue winning, and hopefully I'll be able to come back and help them, whenever that time is."
Brian McTaggart is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.