Strasburg twists knee, Rizzo clenches sphincter

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Stephen Strasburg twisted his knee shagging fly balls yesterday. They say it wasn’t necessarily serious, but he “heard a ‘pop’ in his knee and crumpled to the ground” and is being sent to L.A. to be examined by an orthopedist.  This is the best part:

Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo did not immediately return voice
and text messages seeking additional information, and players and
coaches in Arizona were instructed not to discuss the injury with the
media.

Anyone else get an image of Rizzo crouched in the fetal position on the floor behind his desk, rocking back and forth and repeating “this is not happening . . . this is not happening . . .” as his cell phone rings constantly?

Brewers place Eric Thames on disabled list with torn UCL in left thumb

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On Wednesday, the Brewers placed first baseman Eric Thames on the 10-day disabled list with a torn UCL in his left thumb. In a corresponding roster move, the Brewers recalled pitcher Brandon Woodruff from Triple-A Colorado Springs.

Thames, 31, exited Tuesday’s game against the Royals before the bottom of the ninth inning. After the game, manager Craig Counsell expressed concern about his thumb. As MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy reports, Brewers GM David Stearns says that surgery is likely but not definite, but that he expects Thames to be back for a “significant” portion of the 2018 season.

Thames was hitting quite well for the Brewers, owning a .250/.351/.625 triple-slash line along with seven home runs and 13 RBI in 74 plate appearances. Jesus Aguilar should handle first base while Thames is out. Ryan Braun could also see some action at first base.