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

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 the Dodgers’ 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 thus 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 Suárez.

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.

Reporting by The Associated Press.

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