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Astros place Blackley on DL, recall Keuchel

Astros place Blackley on DL, recall Keuchel

Less than two days after he joined the Astros in a trade with new division foe Oakland, Travis Blackley landed on the 15-day disabled list on Saturday. To fill the vacant roster spot, Houston recalled pitcher Dallas Keuchel from Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Keuchel, 25, posted a 3-8 record and 5.27 ERA in 16 starts for the Astros in 2012. He allowed eight runs (seven earned) on 16 hits in seven innings during Grapefruit League action this spring.

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The Astros acquired Blackley on Thursday. A day later, he suffered a left shoulder strain during a bullpen session at Minute Maid Park. His placement on the DL is retroactive to Friday.

The Australian southpaw compiled a 6-4 mark and 3.86 ERA in 24 outings (15 starts) last year with Oakland, which selected him off waivers from San Francisco in May.

Gene Duffey is a contributor to MLB.com. Zack Meisel is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @zackmeisel. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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