Houston Astros shut down Dallas Keuchel at least a week with neck discomfort

Houston Astros star left-hander Dallas Keuchel will be shut down from throwing for at least one week due to persistent neck discomfort.

Keuchel, who owns a spotless 9-0 record to lead the majors in wins and ERA (1.67), was placed on the 10-day disabled list Thursday.

The 2015 American League Cy Young Award winner is expected to miss at least two starts to allow the nerve inflammation in his neck to subside. Keuchel told MLB.com that throwing aggravates the injury.

“Going to take a week off and see what that does and revisit it after a week,” Keuchel said.

Keuchel was scratched moments before Wednesday’s scheduled start against the Kansas City Royals. Astros manager A.J. Hinch said after the contest that Keuchel was scratched due to illness.

Instead, Keuchel traveled to Houston on Thursday to have his neck examined. The left-hander missed a start in May due to a pinched nerve in his neck.

Keuchel went 9-12 in 2016 following a 20-8 mark during his Cy Young-winning campaign two years ago.

In his sixth season with the Astros, Keuchel owns a 59-47 record with a 3.60 ERA in 146 appearances (137 starts).

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