UPDATE: Astros Targeting Second Week Of June For Whitley’s Return
The Astros are targeting the second week of June for Forrest Whitley’s return to the starting rotation for the AA Corpus Christi Hooks, according to The Athletic’s Jake Kaplan. Whitley, 20, has been serving a 50-game suspension for testing positive for a banned stimulant. Whitley was one of the top pitching prospects in all of the minors last season. The suspension really hasn’t hurt his prospect stock, as the Astros were likely to limit his innings this season anyway. In fact, if he performs well, the early season break might pave the way to a late-season call-up for him.