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.

Twins place Miguel Sano on the 10-day disabled list with shin injury

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The Twins have placed third baseman Miguel Sano on the 10-day disabled list with a stress reaction in his left shin, per the Star Tribune’s LaVelle E. Neal. Sano left Saturday’s game against the Diamondbacks after running out a ground ball double play in the fourth inning and was held out of Sunday’s lineup.

Sano, 24, is batting .267/.356/.514 with 28 home runs and 77 RBI in 475 plate appearances this season. The Twins are five back of the Indians for first place in the AL Central and currently hold a tie with the Angels for the second Wild Card slot.

Ehire Adrianza got the start at third base during Sunday’s win and could handle the hot corner while Sano is out. Eduardo Escobar could also get some time at third.

Buster Posey thinks Hector Neris hit him on purpose

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Giants catcher Buster Posey was hit by a pitch in the bottom of the eighth inning during Sunday afternoon’s series finale against the Phillies. It was a first-pitch fastball from closer Hector Neris, who had just entered the game. The Giants then had the bases loaded, but Pablo Sandoval struck out to end the inning and the Giants went on to lose 5-2.

After the game, Posey said he thinks Neris hit him on purpose, per Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle. Posey thinks Neris thought he couldn’t get him out.

Per MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki, Neris said “absolutely not” when asked if he threw at Posey on purpose. The rest of the Phillies clubhouse, per Zolecki, “Say whaaat?!”

Here’s a link to the video of Posey getting hit. Now that we have automatic intentional walks, pitchers don’t even have to risk throwing four pitches wide of the strike zone to intentionally walk a hitter, so if Neris felt he couldn’t get Posey out, there was still no need to hit him. Furthermore, Neris isn’t going to hit Posey to load the bases and put the go-ahead run on first in a 4-2 ballgame. Sandoval has been a much worse hitter than Posey, for sure, but Neris would lose the platoon advantage if he felt like facing Sandoval instead, anyway.

Getting hit hurts, so it’s understandable Posey may have been salty in the moment. But after the game, when the pain has subsided and he’s had time to think over everything, there’s no way Posey should still come to the conclusion that Neris was trying to hit him on purpose.