Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg was supposed to go five innings Sunday in his second start since returning to the major leagues. He made it only three, but the outing was far from a disaster.
Strasburg yielded just one run on three hits while striking out four Astros hitters. He did not issue a walk and threw 39 of his 57 pitches for strikes.
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The 23-year-old Strasburg has now thrown eight major league innings since returning last week from a year-long recovery from Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery. He’s allowed five hits and one earned run, with eight strikeouts and zero walks. His fastball has been clocked consistently in the high-90s.
Strasburg will take on the Marlins next weekend in yet another home start.
The Red Sox reportedly inked free agent outfielder J.D. Martinez to a five-year, $110 million contract last Monday, but there appears to be a slight hitch in the process. According to a report from Evan Drellich of NBC Sports Boston, the team is sorting through a medical issue that has delayed the signing. The specific nature of the issue has yet to be revealed, though Drellich adds that both the team and agent Scott Boras have involved additional medical experts in the process.
For what it’s worth, Martinez remained fairly healthy during his 2017 run with the Tigers and Diamondbacks. The 30-year-old outfielder spent six weeks on the disabled list after suffering a right foot sprain during camp, but managed to make a full recovery by mid-May and didn’t relapse once throughout the rest of the year. Of course, the medical issue holding up his new contract could be of an entirely different nature.
While spring training is already underway for the rest of the Red Sox, club manager Alex Cora doesn’t appear too concerned by Martinez’s absence — yet. “The thing I can do is my thing,” he told MLB.com’s Ian Browne. “My job here is to show up every day and get ’em ready.”