Lance McCullers Jr. injured by champagne bottle

Astros starter Lance McCullers Jr. has given new meaning to the expression ‘champagne problems’.

The righthander lined up on Saturday to start Game 3 of the American League Championship Series at Yankee Stadium, but he will start Game 4 instead. Why? McCullers said he was pushed back after being hit on the elbow by a champagne bottle and sustaining a minor cut during the team’s clubhouse party in Seattle after Game 3 of the ALDS.

“I’m fine. It’s just a little swelling, no big deal,” McCullers said.

“Earlier in the week we thought it would be good to give me a few days off, let it all sink in and give me an extra day. [in] Game 4. It really wasn’t anyone’s fault. It was just an accident, so it’s not a big deal.”

McCullers reported no issues during a 35-pitch bullpen session on Friday and will face Yankees left-handed Nestor Cortes in Game 4.

This isn’t the first strange injury of the 2022 postseason. Phillies reliever David Robertson had to miss the NLDS against the Braves after spraining a calf muscle while celebrating Bryce Harper’s home run in Game 2 of the team’s Wild Card Series in St. Louis.

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