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.
Mets backup infielder Jose Reyes pinch-hit and popped up in the top of the eighth inning of Thursday night’s game in Atlanta against the Braves. That ran his streak up to 20 consecutive hitless plate appearances to start the 2018 season. He has reached base once, however, on a walk, so there’s that.
Reyes, 34, signed a one-year, $2 million contract with the Mets near the end of January. At the time, the Mets hadn’t yet signed Todd Frazier, so Reyes was in the mix to contribute as a utilityman but he has operated as a bat off the bench for the most part this season.
One wonders how much longer the Mets are going to let Reyes flounder. According to FanGraphs, he has already been worth a half-win less than a replacement-level player. Only eight other players have been as bad or worse this season.