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Luhnow addresses Keuchel, offseason pace

Astros GM not worried about pitcher's left foot injury
MLB.com @brianmctaggart

HOUSTON -- Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said Wednesday that Dallas Keuchel pitched with discomfort in his left foot during the postseason and was diagnosed with a mild foot sprain in his exit physical, but he denied an ESPN report that the left-hander suffered from plantar fasciitis during the final two months of the season.

Keuchel was spotted wearing a walking boot on his left foot while leaving a restaurant in West Hollywood, Calif., Saturday. When asked on a video posted by TMZ Sports how he injured the foot, Keuchel said while leaving the restaurant that he "slipped and fell, man ... in the parade" before getting into the passenger seat of a car and driving away.

HOUSTON -- Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said Wednesday that Dallas Keuchel pitched with discomfort in his left foot during the postseason and was diagnosed with a mild foot sprain in his exit physical, but he denied an ESPN report that the left-hander suffered from plantar fasciitis during the final two months of the season.

Keuchel was spotted wearing a walking boot on his left foot while leaving a restaurant in West Hollywood, Calif., Saturday. When asked on a video posted by TMZ Sports how he injured the foot, Keuchel said while leaving the restaurant that he "slipped and fell, man ... in the parade" before getting into the passenger seat of a car and driving away.

"All I know it was a minor left foot sprain, diagnosed during his exit physical," Luhnow said prior his appearance on the team's weekly radio show, Astroline. "I do know he had some discomfort, as a lot of our guys did, which is normal for a team in October."

Video: Keuchel wearing walking boot, has foot sprain

Luhnow said the injury isn't something that will hinder Keuchel into next season. He said he wasn't exactly sure when it started.

"You'd have to ask him," Luhnow said. "We did exit physicals with everybody after the season was over, and that's when he was diagnosed with the left foot sprain, and that's when the walking boot was recommended for him to use. That's the information I have."

Keuchel, 29, went 14-5 with a 2.90 ERA for the Astros in the regular season and missed more than two months with a neck injury. He was named to the All-Star team after going 9-0 with a 1.67 ERA in the first half of the season. He made five starts in the postseason and was 2-2 with a 3.58 ERA, including 0-1 with a 5.23 ERA in two World Series starts.

Meanwhile, Luhnow expressed disappointment that the Astros were out of the running for Japanese two-way star Shohei Ohtani. Astros owner Jim Crane told MLB.com last week the team planned a "full-court press" to try to sign Ohtani, but the Astros woke up Monday out of the Ohtani sweepstakes.

"We participated to the extent that we were allowed to, and the outcome went a different direction than we were hoping," Luhnow said.

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Luhnow is set to leave for the Winter Meetings on Monday and remains confident the Astros will be able to add at least one pitcher to the bullpen through free agency or trade. The Astros haven't acquired any players since winning the World Series on Nov. 1, which is a big contrast to a year ago when they had already signed Charlie Morton, Josh Reddick and Carlos Beltran and traded for Brian McCann.

"I do think at the Winter Meetings the pace is going to pick up a lot, but we'll have to see," Luhnow said. "I've always said you judge your offseason by where you are on Opening Day and mid-December. We're having conversations with teams and agents for players that we want to engage with, but nothing right now we've been able to finish."

Brian McTaggart has covered the Astros since 2004, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Houston Astros, Dallas Keuchel