Early reports are arriving on Stephen Strasburg

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Early reports are flowing in on Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg and his removal from Saturday night’s game due to a forearm flexor tendon issue.

Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post says that Strasburg reported “significant improvement” in his right arm on Sunday morning and plans to work out with the team before Sunday afternoon’s series finale with the Phillies. 

Of course, that doesn’t mean much.  Strasburg is a serious competitor — he pleaded with manager Jim Riggleman to stay in last night — and not even he knows whether his right arm truly is injured.  The MRI will tell us that, and it’s scheduled for this afternoon.

Will Carroll of Baseball Prospectus is hearing that Strasburg is going to be shut down for the season and will probably pay a visit soon to Dr. James Andrews.  That’s far more believable given the right-hander’s high innings total and his value to that organization.

Watch: Brian McCann’s incredible tag nails Greg Bird at home plate

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Things got a little wild in the fifth inning of Game 7 of the ALCS on Saturday. With one out and runners at the corners, Astros’ right-hander Charlie Morton fired a 1-1 fastball to Todd Frazier. Frazier returned the ball to third baseman Alex Bregman, who tossed a perfect throw over to Brian McCann at the plate just as Greg Bird came charging home. McCann’s setup was flawless, nailing Bird as he slid into the plate and nullifying the Yankees’ first real attempt to get on the board.

That’s as close as the Yankees have come to scoring so far. The Astros took an early 1-0 lead with Evan Gattis‘ 405-footer off of CC Sabathia in the top of the fourth inning. Jose Altuve chimed in with an opposite-field solo shot in the fifth, while McCann followed his lead-preserving tag with an equally jaw-dropping two-out, two-RBI double. Houston currently leads 4-0 in the bottom of the fifth.