The Nats are nowhere near signing Strasburg

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Last week Stephen Strasburg was lamenting the fact that he hadn’t heard from the Nationals. Seems that nothing has really changed:

The Washington Nationals are not on pace to sign top overall draft
pick Stephen Strasburg by the Aug. 17 deadline, a source close to the
negotiations told ESPN’s Pedro Gomez on Tuesday . . . The source said
that the Nats have had an ongoing dialogue with Strasburg’s adviser,
Scott Boras, but have made no offer other than the mandatory minor
league tender that all clubs must make to their picks within 10 days of
the draft.

As I said last week, the Nats shouldn’t cave in to Boras, but if they
can’t get this kid signed or at least make a strong, strong effort to
do so, the seven Nats fans that are left are totally going to bolt.

UPDATE: The Washington Times is calling the “no progress report” bunk,
though that’s coming from a team source that has every reason to paint
a rosier picture than actually exists. Of course, if Pedro Gomez’s
“source close to the negotiations” is with the Boras camp, then his
source has every reason to paint a more gloomy picture than actually
exists.

Damn, I can’t believe it’s only been a day and I’ve already
forgotten that “don’t believe half of what you see and none of what you
hear” rule.

Video: Gift Ngoepe singles in his first major league at-bat

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Pirates infielder Gift Ngoepe, just called up from Triple-A Indianapolis, singled in his first major league at-bat on Wednesday evening against Cubs starter Jon Lester. It was a well-struck ground ball up the middle in the bottom of the fourth inning. Unfortunately for him, the Pirates could not bring him around to score.

Ngoepe, who was pinch-hitting, stayed in the game to play second base.

Shelby Miller getting third opinion on elbow from Dr. James Andrews

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Diamondbacks starter Shelby Miller was placed on the 10-day disabled list on Monday due to inflammation in his right elbow. He had a second opinion from Dr. Neal ElAttrache on Tuesday and is currently awaiting a third opinion from Dr. James Andrews, Craig Grialou of Arizona Sports reports. That he’s getting a third opinion seems to imply that Miller’s elbow issue is rather serious.

Miller, 26, hasn’t been able to catch a break since joining the Diamondbacks. Last year’s nightmarish season included a finger injury stemming from mechanical woes and a brief demotion to the minor leagues. In 20 starts in the majors last year, Miller posted an ugly 6.15 ERA. This year, his ERA is a mediocre 4.09 over four starts.

The Diamondbacks called up Zack Godley to take Miller’s spot in the rotation. There was some speculation that it would be Archie Bradley instead, but he’s been working out of the bullpen.