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Tampa native Lance McCullers has no confusion about his allegiance

The Astros pitcher, on the injured list, is solidly behind Houston as it takes on his hometown Rays in Game 5.
Tampa native Lance McCullers, Jr., is imploring Astros fans to come out and root for Houston Thursday. [AP]
Published Oct. 9

TAMPA — It’s not a surprise for Astros pitcher Lance McCullers Jr. to rally for his Houston teammates.

Yet the Tampa native made clear his loyalty in a full-throated tweet after the Rays downed the Astros in Game 4.

McCullers missed 2019 after undergoing Tommy John surgery in November 2018. He got diagnosed with elbow inflamation in August of last year, returned to pitched in relief for the Astros late in 2018, including the postseason, but then had the surgery in November.

According to the Houston Chronicle, McCullers has started throwing on flat ground while continuing to pick up pointers from Astros starters like Justin Verlander and Zack Greinke. He was particularly excited about Greinke’s mid-season addition to the team.

“He’s been doing it forever, just like JV (Justin Verlander), and he’s still one of the best in the game,” McCullers said. “Anytime you get an opportunity to have guys with a pedigree like that, guys who have so much knowledge to share, and nothing but glowing reviews around the league about him, you’re excited to have him.”

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