Stephen Strasburg drawing a crowd at Triple-A

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Stephen Strasburg will make his Triple-A debut tonight and after averaging about 2,500 fans per game the Syracuse Chiefs have already sold out their 11,071-seat ballpark with hopes of additional walk-up sales making it the largest crowd in the venue’s 14-year history.
Chiefs general manager John Simone told MLB.com that the Nationals haven’t informed him how long Strasburg will be in Syracuse, saying: “You hope there’s going to be more than one game. We’ve been told we’ll have him at least for Friday night. Even that one start can generate a lot of energy.”
Most likely Strasburg will spend the rest of May with the Chiefs before joining the Nationals early next month, but the team has kept its plans close to the vest. He’s scheduled to throw “six innings or 80 to 90 pitches” tonight after going 3-1 with a 1.64 ERA in five starts at Double-A.

Luis Valbuena to miss four to six weeks with a strained right hamstring

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Angels first baseman Luis Valbuena will miss the next four to six weeks with a strained right hamstring, Pedro Moura of the Los Angeles Times reports.

Valbuena, 31, signed a two-year, $15 million contract with the Angels in January and was on track to get the lion’s share of the playing time at first base. While he’s out, however, C.J. Cron will handle first base on a regular basis. When Valbeuna returns, the two will likely form a platoon.

Last year with the Astros, Valbuena hit a solid .260/.357/.459 with 13 home runs and 40 RBI in 342 plate appearances.

Raisel Iglesias injured elbow and hips falling in the shower

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Reds reliever Raisel Iglesias hasn’t appeared in a Grapefruit League game since March 14 and now we know why. He injured his right elbow and both hips falling in the shower three weeks ago, Zach Buchanan of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. He has had anti-inflammatory shots applied in both areas and he’ll be be shut down from pitching for a few more days.

Iglesias might not be ready for Opening Day, according to manager Bryan Price. Iglesias, however, thinks otherwise. He said, “I’m going to be OK. I’m probably going to throw one bullpen, and after that, mentally and physically, I’ll be ready to join the season and compete.”

Price said throughout the offseason that he intended to pick his closer according to the matchups rather than naming one official closer. As a result, this injury likely doesn’t change much except that Michael Lorenzen, Drew Storen, and Tony Cingrani may get a few more early season save chances if Iglesias doesn’t start the season on time.

Iglesias, 27, finished last season with a 2.53 ERA and an 83/26 K/BB ratio in 78 1/3 innings across five starts and 32 relief appearances.