Stephen Strasburg headed for disabled list after MRI confirms strained flexor tendon

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Jim Riggleman said this afternoon that Stephen Strasburg is all but certain to be placed on the disabled list and a short time later general manager Mike Rizzo revealed that an MRI exam has confirmed the initial diagnosis of a strained flexor tendon in his right forearm.
Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post reports that Jordan Zimmermann is expected to replace him in the rotation beginning with Thursday’s start. Prior to Strasburg’s arrival Zimmermann was Washington’s top pitching prospect, but he’s coming back from Tommy John elbow surgery and hasn’t pitched for the Nationals since June of last season.
He fared very well while rehabbing in the minors, posting a 1.59 ERA, .193 opponents’ batting average, and 31/6 K/BB ratio in 39.2 innings, and if healthy projects as the Nationals’ long-term No. 2 starter behind (a hopefully also healthy) Strasburg.
Rizzo wouldn’t rule out Strasburg pitching again this season, which is obviously a very good sign, but at this point there’s seemingly zero reason for him to take the mound again before 2011.

Josh Donaldson is still seeking a long-term deal with the Blue Jays

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If it were up to him, Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson would finish the remainder of his career in Toronto. In fact, he’d be “ticked pink” if the club decided to sign him to a long-term deal. Whether the Blue Jays share that sentiment is still unclear, as Donaldson said Saturday that the team has yet to engage his agent in extension talks.

“I’ve said that I wanted to be here,” he told MLB.com’s Gregor Chisholm. “That’s pretty much all I can say. I’m not the one who makes the decisions, nor would I try to put them in the position to do that. Like I said, I believe the situation will become more fluid when the time is right.”

That doesn’t necessarily mean an extension is out of the question. The Blue Jays reached an unprecedented one-year, $23 million agreement with the three-time All-Star in arbitration, and have been reticent to field trade offers despite continued interest from the Cardinals this winter.

Donaldson, 32, is poised to enter his eighth season in the majors and fourth with the Blue Jays. In 2017, he batted .270/.385/.559 with 33 home runs and a .944 OPS in 496 plate appearances, ranking sixth among all major league third baseman with 5.0 fWAR. He’s scheduled to enter free agency following the 2018 season.