Strasburg won't need surgery on knee

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Thumbnail image for stephen strasburg jersey.jpgGo ahead and wipe that sweat from your brow, Nats fans. It looks like Stephen Strasburg is going to be just fine.



The number one selection of the 2009
First Year Player Draft made a precautionary visit to Dr. Lewis Yocum
in California on Friday after an MRI on his left knee showed some
inflammation. Strasburg twisted his left knee and heard a pop
while shagging flyballs during a workout in the Arizona Fall League on Thursday.
Yocum recommended rest and therapy for the knee, however surgery will
not be necessary. He should be on track for spring training.




Crisis averted, I guess, however
with the injury we are robbed of yet another opportunity to see him
pitch on the national stage. The 21-year-old phenom was scheduled to
start for the Phoenix Desert Dogs in the AFL Championship Game against
Peoria on Saturday, televised by MLB Network. Strasburg was previously
scratched from a start in the AFL’s “Rising Stars” game due to a stiff
neck. Guess we’ll have to wait until spring training.




Strasburg finishes the AFL at 4-1 with a 4.26 ERA and a 23/7 K/BB in 19 innings.

Mets tell Jay Bruce they plan on having him start in right field

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 22:  Jay Bruce #19 of the New York Mets reacts after striking out in the ninth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field on September 22, 2016 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
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The Mets told Jay Bruce that the club plans on having him open the season as the everyday right fielder, Ken Davidoff of the New York Post reports. This comes as no surprise after the Mets failed to get any bites after dangling Bruce as a trade chip. The Mets reportedly wanted a pair of prospects in exchange for Bruce.

With Bruce in right, Yoenis Cespedes back in left, and Curtis Granderson in center, Michael Conforto appears to be the odd man out. He’ll either warm the bench or head back to Triple-A Las Vegas for regular at-bats.

Bruce, who turns 30 years old in April, had a rough final two months of the 2016 season after joining the Mets in a trade from the Reds. He hit a paltry .219/.294/.391 with eight home runs and 19 RBI in 187 plate appearances. Bruce, apparently, wanted to go anywhere but in New York.

Angels sign Eric Young, Jr. to a minor league contract

ATLANTA, GA - APRIL 11:  Eric Young Jr. #4 of the Atlanta Braves slides safely into third base on a RBI triple in the fifth inning against the New York Mets during the Braves opening series at Turner Field on April 11, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia.  Andrelton Simmons #19 scored on the triple.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports that the Angels have inked outfielder Eric Young, Jr. to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Young, 31, played in just six games and logged one plate appearance in the majors this past season with the Yankees. He last played regularly in 2014. While Young doesn’t do much with the bat, he could provide value as a pinch-runner. He also offers versatility, having played all three outfield positions along with second base.

The Angels have Ben Revere as their fourth outfielder and Jefry Marte behind him, so Young would need to have a very impressive showing in spring training to find a spot on the Angels’ roster.