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

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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.

Guardians trade OF Will Benson to Reds for OF Justin Boyd

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CLEVELAND – The Cleveland Guardians traded outfielder Will Benson to the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday for outfielder Justin Boyd.

The defending AL Central champions also will get a player to be named from the Reds in the swap.

Cincinnati drafted Boyd in the second round last year out of Oregon State. He led the Pac-12 with a .373 batting average and 24 steals in 2022. The 21-year-old batted .203 in 73 at-bats for Class-A Daytona.

The 6-foot-5 Benson spent 28 games with the Guardians last season, batting .182 with three RBIs in 28 games. The 24-year-old struggled at the plate, striking out 19 times in just 55 at-bats.

Benson was once considered one of Cleveland’s top outfield prospects, but has since been surpassed by Steven Kwan, Oscar Gonzalez and Will Brennan.