The Chicago White Sox was forced to place one of its top starting pitchers on the injured list on Thursday after back spasms bothered him enough that he would not be able to make his next start.
Veteran left-hander Dallas Keuchel was added to the IL on Thursday ahead of his scheduled weekend start against the Detroit Tigers. The move was made retroactive to September 7th, which means that he could join the team again next week.
Keuchel was a member of the White Sox’s 1-2 starting pitching punch along with Lucas Giolito. The offseason signing, who inked a 3-year, $55 million deal with the South Siders, currently has a 6-2 record with a 2.19 ERA for the contending Sox.
The veteran lefty exited early during his last start against the Kansas City Royals due to his back issues, leaving the game after just 5 innings pitched despite allowing only 2 hits and 0 runs.
Keuchel, the 2015 AL Cy Young Award winner, is expected to undergo treatment over the coming days in a bid to have him healthy and ready ahead of the final weeks of the regular season.
The White Sox have not yet announced a starter for Saturday’s game, which Keuchel was scheduled to pitch.