Astros’ Greinke, Taylor go to IL; Greinke to miss next start

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Houston Astros starting pitcher Zack Greinke throws to a Kansas City Royals batter during the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Reed Hoffmann)


SEATTLE (AP) — The Houston Astros placed starting pitcher Zack Greinke and first baseman Taylor Jones on the injured list, citing health and safety protocols. Manager Dusty Baker said he couldn’t give specifics, but the designation is a sign the players have tested positive for or come in contact with someone who has COVID-19. Baker said Greinke will miss his next start. The right-hander is 11-5 in 27 starts this season with a 3.66 ERA and 110 strikeouts. The Astros recalled infielder Robel Garcia and right-hander Josh James from the taxi squad for Tuesday night’s game at Seattle, the second of three in the series.