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Houston Astros starting pitcher Zack Greinke (21) throws a pitch during the baseball game between the Arizona Diamondbacks and Houston Astros
Houston Astros starting pitcher Zack Greinke (21) throws a pitch during the baseball game between the Arizona Diamondbacks and Houston Astros

Houston Astros star Zack Greinke has been placed on the 10-day injured list with neck soreness.

Greinke landed on the IL ahead of Friday's MLB clash with the Oakland Athletics – the 2009 American League (AL) Cy Young Award winner replaced by Brandon Bielak for the start on the mound.

Astros rookie Peter Solomon has replaced Greinke on the roster ahead of the opening game of their three-game series against the A's.

A six-time All-Star and six-time Gold Glove Award winner, Greinke has not started since last Sunday's game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, when he allowed five runs in four innings.

The 37-year-old pitcher – whose IL stint is backdated to Tuesday – was placed on the COVID-19 injured list earlier this month and is 0-2 since returning, with a 12.45 ERA in his last starts.

Greinke is 11-6 across the 2021 season, with a 4.11 ERA and 117 strikeouts across 168.2 innings pitched.

The Astros are currently 91-62 and clear in top spot in the AL West. Houston need three more victories to clinch the division for a fourth time.

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