Astros placed their ace, Dallas Keuchel, on the 10-day disabled list with a neck injury.
Keuchel was scratched from his scheduled start last night due to an illness. It’s not clear if this is at all related to the neck discomfort, but he did have some issues with his neck last month as well. Either way, Keuchel is headed back to Houston for an evaluation by team doctors.
Keuchel is 9-0 with a 1.67 ERA on the season. The Astros, who have the best record in baseball, enjoy a 12-game lead over their nearest pursuers in the AL West. They can afford to be without Keuchel for a bit.
Giants starter Jeff Samardzija will undergo an MRI on his ailing right shoulder, according to NBC Sports Bay Area. The right-hander struggled in a minor league game on Wednesday, surrendering a pair of home runs and hitting a batter. Overall this spring, Samardzija has given up 15 runs (13 earned) on 17 hits (six homers) and seven walks with seven strikeouts in 11 innings.
This may mean Samardzija won’t be ready for the start of the regular season. Derek Holland would likely replace Samardzija in the rotation. Holland had been competing for the No. 5 spot in the Giants’ rotation.
Samardzija led the National League in losses last season with 15, also posting a 4.42 ERA with a 205/32 K/BB ratio in a league-high 207 2/3 innings. Since becoming a starter, Samardzija has been able to avoid injury, making 32 or 33 starts in each of the last five seasons.