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Sunday, September 21, 2014

Astros Injury Update: Dallas Keuchel shut down for season

By on 9/21/2014 01:30:00 PM

Houston Astros left-hander Dallas Keuchel has thrown his last pitch of the 2014 season says Jose de Jesus Ortiz of the Houston Chronicle. While that news might disappoint fantasy baseball players looking to get one more start out of him, the good news is that he is not injured. Because he has reached the 200-inning mark for the first time in his professional career, the Astros have decided to shut him down to save unnecessary wear on his arm.

Keuchel ended his season Saturday night in style: eight solid innings in which he allowed only one earned run on seven hits. He also walked one and struck out eight. Those eight innings gave him exactly 200 on the season.

Keuchel ends his season with a record of 12-9 with a 2.93 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, and 5.1 WAR in 29 starts for the fourth-place Astros, who have a total record of 68-87. His 2014 performance is a tremendous improvement over his 2013 season of 6-10, 5.15 ERA, and 1.54 WHIP. He will turn 27 on New Year's Day, so he has many years left for success in Houston as the Astros continue to build and look toward the future.

Keuchel is under team control through 2018, and the Astros will have him for a low price as he does not become eligible for arbitration until after next season. The team can use the money to keep improving all aspects of the lineup and pitching staff. Keuchel, though, will cash in as soon as eligible, especially he gives a repeat performance in 2015.

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