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Blum flies back to Houston for exam

Blum flies back to Houston for exam

ST. LOUIS -- Astros third baseman Geoff Blum flew to Houston on Thursday to be examined by team medical director Dr. David Lintner. Blum was scratched from the starting lineup Wednesday with a sore neck and was unavailable to play.

Astros manager Cecil Cooper said he believes the problem is stemming from a nerve in Blum's neck.

"He's been battling that and a sore left knee and everything, and he's got to get it checked out," Cooper said.

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Blum, hitting just .136 in his last six games, is batting .259 with nine homers and 45 RBIs this year.

Brian McTaggart is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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