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Houston Astros scratch Zack Greinke (neck) from start, place him on IL

Sep 19, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; Houston Astros starting pitcher Zack Greinke (21) delivers a pitch against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 19, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; Houston Astros starting pitcher Zack Greinke (21) delivers a pitch against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports

The Houston Astros scratched right-hander Zack Greinke from Friday night’s start against the Oakland Athletics due to neck soreness and placed him on the 10-day injured list.

The move is retroactive to Tuesday.

The 37-year-old Greinke last pitched Sunday when he gave up five runs and five hits in four innings against the Arizona Diamondbacks. He struck out three and walked one and received a no-decision.

Greinke is 11-6 with a 4.11 ERA in 29 starts this season.

Right-hander Brandon Bielak will start in Greinke’s place against the Athletics. The 25-year-old is 3-3 with a 4.21 ERA in 27 appearances (one start).

Bielak last pitched on Sept. 17 when he started against Arizona. He gave up three hits in 2 2/3 scoreless innings, struck out six and walked two.

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Houston also recalled right-hander Peter Solomon from Triple-A Sugar Land to fill the roster opening.

Solomon, 25, is 1-0 with a 1.29 ERA in four relief appearances this season.

–Field Level Media