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.
CLEARWATER, Fla. — Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Rhys Hoskins needs surgery for a torn ACL after injuring his left knee Thursday fielding a grounder in a spring training game and is expected to miss a significant amount of time.
The Phillies did not say when Hoskins would have the surgery or exactly how long the slugging first baseman might be sidelined.
Hoskins hit 30 homers with 79 RBIs last season for the reigning National League champions.
He was backing up to play a chopper on Thursday when the ball popped out of his glove. Sooner after, he fell to the ground and began clutching his left knee. Teammates gathered around him before he was taken off of the field.
Hoskins, a free agent at the end of the season who turned 30 last week, hit six homers in Philadelphia’s playoff run last season. The Phillies lost to the Houston Astros in the World Series.
The injury was another blow for the Phillies, who will be without top pitching prospect Andrew Painter for another few weeks because of a sprained ligament in his right elbow. And slugger Bryce Harper isn’t expected back until around the All-Star break after undergoing Tommy John surgery in November.