As expected, Strasburg lined up for June 4 debut

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There’s still no official timetable for Stephen Strasburg’s arrival in Washington, but the Nationals announced today that his next (and presumed final) Triple-A start will come Saturday against the Yankees’ affiliate.
That lines up Strasburg to make his major-league debut June 4 against the Reds in Washington, which has been the assumption for a while now. Strasburg finally gave up a Triple-A run yesterday and was pulled after throwing just 52 pitches in five innings, leaving him with a 0.99 ERA and 54/10 K/BB ratio in nine minor-league starts.
Ivan Rodriguez won’t be eligible to return from the disabled list until after June 4, so Strasburg will likely be throwing to Wil Nieves in his debut. Assuming the Nationals don’t hire Steve Phillips in the meantime, of course.

Jeff Samardzija to undergo MRI on right shoulder

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Update (12:58 AM ET): Per Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle, Samardzija has been diagnosed with a strained pectoral muscle. He’ll be shut down for a week. That’s good news for the Giants, considering the alternatives.


Giants starter Jeff Samardzija will undergo an MRI on his ailing right shoulder, according to NBC Sports Bay Area. The right-hander struggled in a minor league game on Wednesday, surrendering a pair of home runs and hitting a batter. Overall this spring, Samardzija has given up 15 runs (13 earned) on 17 hits (six homers) and seven walks with seven strikeouts in 11 innings.

This may mean Samardzija won’t be ready for the start of the regular season. Derek Holland would likely replace Samardzija in the rotation. Holland had been competing for the No. 5 spot in the Giants’ rotation.

Samardzija led the National League in losses last season with 15, also posting a 4.42 ERA with a 205/32 K/BB ratio in a league-high 207 2/3 innings. Since becoming a starter, Samardzija has been able to avoid injury, making 32 or 33 starts in each of the last five seasons.