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AL West Notes: Keuchel injury, Simmons’ average

The latest from around the American League West.

MLB: Houston Astros at Baltimore Orioles Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

While Astros starter Dallas Keuchel has been sidelined with a shoulder injury, he doesn’t have any structural damage, according to FOX 26’s Mark Berman.

Medical tests revealed inflammation, but Houston’s staff is confident Keuchel should be healthy in the near future, according to Berman.

Keuchel, 28, pitched to a 4.55 ERA and 3.88 FIP over 168.0 innings with the Astros before going down. He is having a comparably down year after pitching to a 2.48 ERA and 2.91 FIP a season ago.

Houston doesn’t have much depth to turn to, with David Paulino struggling in a recent start. Brad Peacock is a starting option, but the Astros might need Keuchel healthy and consistent to remain in the Wild Card hunt.

More from around the American League West:

  • On Sunday, Colby Lewis is returning to Texas’ rotation to make his first start since being placed on the disabled list in June.

  • Even though the Mariners are not in a position to make the playoffs this season, there are still plenty of reasons to keep watching.

  • On the surface, Andrelton Simmons’ batting average this season might seem impressive. However, he hasn’t been very consistent.
  • Oakland doesn’t have much to look forward to for the remainder of 2016, and Raul Alcantara’s major league debut was added to the list of things that didn’t go well.

  • Houston outfielder Carlos Correa is out with shoulder inflammation.

Standings ‘as of writing’:

Rangers 83-58 — GB

Astros 74-67 9.0 GB

Mariners 72-68 10.5 GB

Angels 62-77 20.0 GB

Athletics 60-79 22.0 GB