Zack Greinke of the Houston Astros has been placed on the disabled list after being scratched from his start.

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Zack Greinke of the Houston Astros has been placed on the disabled list after being scratched from his start.

Because of neck soreness, Houston Astros right-hander Zack Greinke was withdrawn from Friday night’s scheduled start against the Oakland Athletics and placed on the 10-day injured list.

While the Astros were finishing up a series against the Los Angeles Angels, Greinke stated his neck started bothering him on Wednesday and got worse on Thursday. He claimed that the pain in his neck made it impossible for him to throw or run.

Greinke, who was placed on the COVID-19 list earlier this month and missed 12 games, has an 11-6 record and a 4.11 ERA in 29 starts for the Astros this season.

Greinke told reporters on Friday, “It’s been sort of a mess since all of that.” “What matters now is that the season is drawing to a conclusion for me. I’m just trying to get ready for the playoffs and help the team out as much as I can.”

Greinke, the American League Cy Young Award winner in 2009, hasn’t won since defeating the Angels on Aug. 13. In his last three outings, he has failed to get out of the fifth inning, with a 0-2 record and a 12.46 ERA.

At the end of the 2021 MLB season, the six-time All-Star is set to become a free agent.

In Greinke’s absence, Brandon Bielak took the mound against the Athletics on Friday night. The Astros subsequently summoned up right-hander Peter Solomon from Triple-A Sugar Land to fill Greinke’s spot on the roster.

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