Stephen Strasburg will start Saturday against the Pirates

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Stephen Strasburg experienced tightness in his right forearm during his start Monday against the Braves, but he will take his next turn in the Nats’ rotation on Saturday afternoon in Pittsburgh.

Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo told reporters Tuesday that there are no structural issues in Strasburg’s throwing arm and Amanda Comak of the Washington Times reports that the ace right-hander made it through a bullpen session on Wednesday at Atlanta’s Turner Field without feeling any pain.

Strasburg has allowed 17 hits, seven walks and seven earned runs over his last 20 innings, but he still boasts a 3.13 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 36/12 K/BB ratio in 37 1/3 total frames this year. He should be just fine.

Report: Red Sox expected to announce J.D. Martinez signing on Monday

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Tomorrow will mark a week since the Red Sox reportedly inked outfielder J.D. Martinez to a five-year, $110 million contract. The signing hasn’t been made official yet, however, due to an apparent medical issue. That will change tomorrow morning as the Red Sox have a press conference scheduled with Martinez where they’re expected to announce the signing at long last, Evan Drellich of NBC Sports Boston reports.

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the terms of the deal aren’t expected to change. Presumably, the Red Sox had some safeguards put into the contract to protect them against whatever spooked them with the results of Martinez’s physical.

Martinez, 30, was the top free agent hitter after batting .303/.376/.690 with 45 home runs and 104 RBI in 489 plate appearances last season with the Tigers and Diamondbacks. He has expressed an interest in continuing to play in the outfield, but MLB.com’s Ian Browne says he will get a majority of his playing time as a DH with the Red Sox. Hanley Ramirez will share first base with Mitch Moreland.