Rays Shane McClanahan leaves start vs. Astros with neck tightness.

Tampa Bay Rays left-hander Shane McClanahan exited his start on Tuesday night against the Houston Astros (GameTracker) in the fifth inning because of tightness on the left side of his neck.

McClanahan was shown on the broadcast rolling his shoulder after delivering a pitch to Astros shortstop Jeremy Peña in an apparent effort to loosen up his neck muscles. 

Rays manager Kevin Cash and assistant athletic trainer Mike Sandoval subsequently visited the mound. McClanahan appeared to tell the pair that he was "good,"

McClanahan's final line on Tuesday saw him allow five runs on five hits and four walks across four innings of work.

He struck out three batters and delivered 45 of his 80 pitches (or 56.3 percent) for strikes.

The performance increased his seasonal ERA up to 2.36. It should be noted that his average fastball velocity on Tuesday was in line with his season-long norms, according to Statcast.

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