Houston Astros starting pitcher Dallas Keuchel did not make his scheduled start against the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday because of left shoulder inflammation, per Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle. 

It’s currently unclear when he’ll return to the mound. 

Continue for updates. 

Keuchel Injury Details Revealed

Wednesday, Sept. 7

Keuchel does not have a tear in his throwing shoulder, according to ESPN’s Jim Bowden, who added that he was given a cortisone shot.

Keuchel Has Been Unable to Regain Cy Young Form

This season has been a nightmare for Keuchel and the Astros after he went 20-8 with a 2.48 ERA in last year’s Cy Young Award-winning campaign. Through 26 games this season, he is 9-12 with a 4.55 ERA; he lost as many games through the first week of June as he had in all of 2015.

While his ERA doesn’t suggest that he deserves to have a better record, the Astros haven’t done much to help him out when he’s been on the mound.Before the injury, Keuchel received only 3.58 runs of support per game, which ranked 76th in the league, per ESPN

Even he was looking for answers on how he could turn his season around, per Neil Greenberg of the Washington Post.

“I don’t believe in bad luck,” Keuchel said. “It’s just the way it’s going. So I’ll stick with it, and I would like for it to turn around. If anybody’s got any ideas, that would be great.”

With Keuchel shelved for the time being, the Astros will have to look for someone to take over the top end of the rotation. Doug Fister has been solid for the Astros this season with a 3.91 ERA, but he’ll have to elevate his game if Houston wants to make the playoffs.

Houston is nine games back in the American League West and 2.5 games back in the wild-card race. 


Stats courtesy of Baseball-Reference.com.

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