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Astros place Dallas Keuchel on 10-day disabled list with pinched nerve in neck

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MIAMI, FL - MAY 16: Dallas Keuchel #60 of the Houston Astros throws a pitch during the third inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park on May 16, 2017 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Eric Espada/Getty Images)

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Astros’ left-hander Dallas Keuchel landed on the 10-day disabled list with a pinched nerve in his neck, the team announced Saturday. The move is retroactive to May 17 and is expected to keep Keuchel sidelined through one start. A corresponding move was made to recall lefty reliever Ashur Tolliver from Triple-A Fresno.

Keuchel told reporters that the pain first surfaced after his start last Tuesday, during which he pitched five innings of two-run ball against the Marlins. An MRI on Thursday revealed some inflammation in his neck, but neither Keuchel nor Astros’ manager A.J. Hinch seem to think it’ll cost the southpaw significant time on the disabled list.

Prior to this setback, Keuchel was riding a league-best 1.84 ERA through his first nine starts, logging a 2.0 BB/9, 7.6 SO/9 and 1.3 fWAR over 63 2/3 innings. He has yet to take a loss this season, helped in part by a 5.81 run support average from the winningest team in the American League. Right-handed reliever Brad Peacock is scheduled to make a spot start in Keuchel’s place against the Tigers on Monday evening.

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