Stephen Strasburg one step from the majors after promotion to Triple-A

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As expected, the Nationals officially promoted Stephen Strasburg to Triple-A today. Strasburg struggled in his final Double-A start, but finished his time there with a 1.64 ERA, .165 opponents’ batting average, and 27/6 K/BB ratio in 22 innings.
Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post speculates that Strasburg is now “roughly one month away” from the majors and specifically mentions the Nationals’ first home series in June as a possible arrival date.
His debut at Triple-A is scheduled for Friday, which would put Strasburg on track for a June 6 matchup against the Reds as his big-league debut. Of course, a lot can change between now and then, and the Nationals haven’t shown their hand yet regarding his timetable.

Daniel Murphy will miss the start of the season

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Daniel Murphy said today that he will not be ready for Opening Day and will start the year on the disabled list.

Murphy had microfracture knee surgery last October. While he has been able to take batting practice and field ground balls, his lateral movement is still limited. In his absence — which is not expected to last past mid-April or so — Howie Kendrick will get the bulk of the playing time at second base.

Murphy hit .322/.384/.543, smacked 23 homers and knocked in 93 RBI in 2017.