Strasburg throws six hitless innings at Triple-A

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Thumbnail image for stephen strasburg jersey.jpgNationals prospect Stephen Strasburg, now stationed at Triple-A Syracuse, threw six innings of no-hit ball on Wednesday night against the Triple-A Norfolk Tides.  He allowed just one walk and struck out seven batters before reaching his pitch limit of 80.  (Well, actually 79).

Not bad.  Not bad at all.  Strasburg, 21, has now fired 12 scoreless innings and has surrendered only one hit in his two starts at the Triple-A level. 

The phenom posted a 1.64 ERA, a 0.86 WHIP and a 27/6 K/BB ratio in five starts for Double-A Harrisburg before earning a promotion to Syracuse last week.  There’s no doubt that he’s ready for big league competition, but the Nats will wait until early June to call him up, ensuring that he doesn’t reach Super Two status

Freddie Freeman’s X-rays come back negative

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The Braves got a scare last night after first baseman Freddie Freeman was hit on the left wrist by a Hoby Milner fastball in the bottom of the eighth inning. It was doubly scary given that, less than a year ago, the same wrist was fractured when Aaron Loup plunked him last year, causing Freeman to miss over a month and a half.

Good news, though: the Braves just announced that Freeman’s X-rays are negative and that he’s day-to-day.

On the season, Freeman is batting .288/.468/.492 with two home runs, 12 RBI, and 12 runs scored in 79 plate appearances.