Stephen Strasburg expected to be shut down

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Nothing particularly earth-shattering here, but according to Jon Heyman of SI.com, the Nationals are expected to shut down Stephen Strasburg for the rest of the season.

Strasburg was diagnosed with a strained flexor tendon in his right forearm after leaving Saturday’s start against the Phillies in the fifth inning. An MRI on Sunday confirmed the initial diagnosis, but an MRI arthogram scheduled for later today should provide some additional clarity. According to Heyman, Strasburg will be shut down regardless of the results.

It sounds like the appropriate strategy. The Nationals aren’t a very good baseball team right now and they need Strasburg if they have any hope of changing that. Anything that can protect his arm for future seasons should be the No. 1 priority of the franchise.

Tim Tebow’s workout seems like fun

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Tim Tebow is, as we speak, working out for some 40 scouts from 20 organizations and an untold number of members of the media. So far he has run and jumped and thrown and, in a moment or two, will take his hacks. First BP swings, then live, full-speed BP off of a couple of former major leaguers.

His 60 yard dash time was supposedly excellent. On the 80-20 scouting scale he’s supposedly in the 50-60 range, according to people tweeting about it who know what they’re talking about. The guy is certainly big and strong and in amazing shape and that’s not nothing.

Also this:

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That’s from MLB’s Twitter, which provides us with some more in-action shots.

 

Here he is playing right field out there in the distance someplace:

Good luck, kid.

Adrian Beltre puts his helmet on backwards to face a switch pitcher

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“A” switch pitcher is probably not the most accurate way to put that. It’s more like “The” switch pitcher, as Pat Venditte of the Mariners is the only one extant.

Last night the right-handed hitting Adrian Beltre had to face Venditte, who obviously chose to pitch righty to the Rangers third baseman. Before coming up to the plate, Beltre jokingly donned his helmet backwards and pretended that he’d hit left-handed:

 

He needn’t have bothered. Beltre doubled to left field off of Venditte, showing that at some point, platoon splits really don’t matter.