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Astros expect Dallas Keuchel to return after All-Star break

Joseph Nocco

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ANAHEIM, CA - MAY 05: Houston Astros Starting pitcher Dallas Keuchel (60) throws a pitch during an MLB game between the Houston Astros and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on May 5, 2017 at Angel Stadium of Anaheim in Anaheim, CA. (Photo by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire)
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Houston Astros left-hander Dallas Keuchel is serving a stint on the sideline after encountering some neck and shoulder trouble. While now on the Astros’ 10-day disabled list, the 2015 American League Cy Young Award winner will likely remain off the club’s 25-man roster until after the All-Star break.

“Dallas is doing well,” said Astros manager A.J. Hinch, via the Houston Chronicle. “He’s continuing to progress. I think we’re going a little bit slower than maybe we even could or he could. [We’re] just being conservative. We’ve worked so hard to get him to continue to progress with no setbacks that we want to just keep methodically putting a few more challenges in front of him and making him feel a little bit better and a little bit better.”

Despite missing an extended amount of time, the 29-year-old southpaw has made 11 starts for the Astros this season. Over the course of 75.2 innings of work, he has compiled a stellar 1.67 ERA alongside a perfect 9-0 record.

Keuchel has also struck out 69 opposing batters while walking 18 others in 2017.

“I’m never comfortable enough to not want to play the best players but we would be making a huge error if we pushed him to the point of stressing him and potentially losing him for longer,” Hinch added. “We’ve worked so hard to get him back to where he is now. We’re going to stay very, very conservative and very diligent in getting him back to full strength.”

Keuchel has spent his entire six-year big league career in Houston while previously capturing the American League Cy Young Award back in 2014.

Joe Nocco is a recent graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, born and raised in the New York area. Previously a contributor to SB Nation, Football.com and his own website titled Joe Nocco Sports, among others, Nocco has experience covering a variety of sports having specialized in content surrounding the NFL, NHL, NBA and MLB. You can follow Nocco at @JoeNoccoFRS on Twitter.

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