Ruben Tejada scored an inside-the-park home run Wednesday at Citi Field when Phillies outfielder Domonic Brown flipped over the wall down the right field line in the bottom of the second inning …
Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg was pulled after four rough innings Sunday against the Marlins with discomfort in his upper back, and now the issue is going to cost him his next rotation turn.
Tanner Roark will be recalled from High-A Potomac to pitch in place of Strasburg Friday against the Braves, per CSNWashington.com’s Mark Zuckerman. Strasburg has been able to play catch the last two days without issue, but the Nationals want to see him pitch off a mound before they clear him to return and he won’t do that until Thursday.
Strasburg could pitch at some point this weekend versus Atlanta if the mound workout does go well.
Washington entered play Wednesday with a 6 1/2 game deficit in the National League East standings.
A four-game weekend set with the 54-79 Braves should provide an opportunity to gain some ground.
This could have been deduced Tuesday from the comments made by some members of the Minnesota braintrust, and now Twins general manager Terry Ryan has made it official …
Terry Ryan: Jose Berrios will NOT be called up
— LaVelle E. Neal III (@LaVelleNeal) September 2, 2015
It shows very poor planning on the part of the Twins’ decision-makers, who let Berrios throw 161 1/3 innings this season between Double-A Chattanooga and Triple-A Rochester, to the tune of a stellar 2.90 ERA, 1.05 WHIP, and 9.5 K/9. He’s been even better at Triple-A than he was at Double-A, and the 21-year-old righty looks ready to shine at the highest level with the Twins in the thick of the American League Wild Card race. But he won’t get the call because there’s suddenly a concern about his workload. It never crossed Terry Ryan’s mind that there might be a use for the organization’s top starting pitching prospect?
You give Berrios two weeks off in August, he suddenly becomes a weapon for the stretch run.