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.
The Mariners acquired Yankees’ right-hander Nick Rumbelow in exchange for minor league righty Juan Then and left-hander JP Sears, per an official announcement on Saturday. Rumbelow made 17 appearances for the Yankees in 2015 before undergoing Tommy John surgery and could provide some bullpen depth for the Mariners in 2018.
The 26-year-old right-hander spent the majority of his 2017 season in Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, where he delivered an 0.62 ERA, 2.5 BB/9 and 9.3 SO/9 over 29 innings. The Yankees didn’t rush Rumbelow into a full workload after he missed the 2016 season recovering from Tommy John, but he didn’t appear to have any significant setbacks with his health or performance and should be ready to compete for a role next spring.
Sears, 21, was ranked 21st in the Mariners’ organization by MLB Pipeline. He was drafted in the 11th round of the 2017 draft and features a deceptive, low-velocity fastball that he can throw for strikes to either side of the plate. In his first year of pro ball, he split 17 games between Short-Season A Everett and Single-A Clinton, turning in an 0.65 ERA, 3.9 BB/9 and 16.6 SO/9 across two levels.
Then, 17, also completed his first year of pro ball after signing with the Mariners as a free agent. He went 2-2 in 13 games of rookie ball, pitching to a 2.64 ERA, 2.2 BB/9 and 8.2 SO/9 in 61 1/3 innings. Neither Sears nor Then will take the mound for the Yankees anytime soon, and offloading Rumbelow to the Mariners should clear up some room on New York’s 40-man roster as they prepare for the upcoming Rule 5 Draft.