Phillies ace Zack Wheeler leaves start against Dodgers with low back tightness

Tue, Jul 9, 2024
MLB News (AP)

Phillies ace Zack Wheeler leaves start against Dodgers with low back tightness

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Philadelphia Phillies right-handed ace Zack Wheeler left his start Tuesday night against Los Angeles after five innings with left low back tightness.

Wheeler threw 76 pitches on a steamy night in Philadelphia and left with the Phillies leading 9-1. He allowed three hits, struck out seven and walked two. Wheeler allowed a solo home run to Cavan Biggio in the fifth inning.

Wheeler - who entered 9-4 with a 2.74 ERA - was lined up to start for the Phillies this weekend and won't be available for the National League staff in next week's All-Star game. The major league-leading Phillies had a big league-high seven All-Star selections.

Wheeler left on pace to earn his 10th win of the season, which could give the Phillies three 10-game winners before the All-Star break for the first time in franchise history. He would join Aaron Nola and Ranger Suarez.

Wheeler and the Phillies agreed in March on a $126 million, three-year deal for 2025-27 that has the fourth-highest average salary in baseball history at $42 million.

Seranthony Dominguez pitched a scoreless sixth inning for the Phillies.

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