Astros manager A.J. Hinch announced before Monday’s game against the Cleveland Indians that the 2015 Cy Young award winner Dallas Keuchel has been scratched from a second straight start. Brad Peacock will start in his place on Tuesday.
AJ Hinch announces that Brad Peacock will start in place of Dallas Keuchel tomorrow. Keuchel has discomfort in his left shoulder.— Houston Astros (@astros) September 5, 2016
Keuchel, 28, has been a shell of himself a season after his award-winning campaign. He 9-12 with a 4.55 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP in 26 starts with the Astros. His has been dealing with shoulder fatigue and has been sent back to Houston to have team doctors to look at it — as reported by MLB.com’ Brian McTaggart.
Hinch says Keuchel will miss at least next two starts with shoulder inflammation. Went to Houston pic.twitter.com/W8NpO9Sj9C— Brian McTaggart (@brianmctaggart) September 5, 2016
Keuchel had been the Astros pitcher in the month of August as they push for the playoffs with a 3-1 with a 3.10 ERA in four starts. Now the Astros have not timetable for his return and Houston will be without a "stopper" in the rotation.
Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow left more questions than answers when asked about Keuchel’s return: