Astros place Dallas Keuchel on DL with pinched nerve in neck

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The Houston Astros have placed left-handed starting pitcher Dallas Keuchel on the 10-day disabled list with a pinched never in his neck, according to Astros beat writer Brian McTaggart.

Keuchel will miss one start.

The Astros will call up left-hander Ashur Tolliver as a corresponding move, per McTaggart.

The 29-year-old Keuchel is off to a monster start in 2017.

The 2015 American League Cy Young award winner has gone 7-0 with a league-leading 1.84 ERA over his first nine starts, allowing just 41 hits in 63.1 innings of work. He has struck out 54 batters while walking just 14 and owns a sparkling WHIP of 0.864.

It has been a bounceback year thus far for Keuchel, who struggled in 2016.

Last season, the star pitcher went just 9-12 with a 4.55 ERA in what was an overall disappointing year for Houston. He threw 168 innings and allowed 168 hits and 20 home runs. However, his 3.87 FIP showed he may have been a bit unlucky.

Keuchel, who played his college baseball at the University of Arkansas, was originally selected by the Astros in the seventh round of the 2009 MLB June Amateur Draft.

He broke into the majors in 2012 and struggled over his first two seasons, posting ERAs over 5.00 in 2012 and 2013.

It wasn’t until 2014 that Keuchel broke out, going 12-9 with a 2.93 ERA in 200 frames of action.

In 2015, Keuchel led the majors with 20 wins and registered a 2.48 ERA en route to the Cy Young award. He surrendered just 185 hits in 232 innings, good for a league-leading WHIP of 1.017.

The Astros are currently 29-13 and own the best record in baseball. They are 6.5 games in front of the Texas Rangers for first place in the American League West Division.

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