Strasburg twists knee, Rizzo clenches sphincter

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Stephen Strasburg twisted his knee shagging fly balls yesterday. They say it wasn’t necessarily serious, but he “heard a ‘pop’ in his knee and crumpled to the ground” and is being sent to L.A. to be examined by an orthopedist.  This is the best part:

Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo did not immediately return voice
and text messages seeking additional information, and players and
coaches in Arizona were instructed not to discuss the injury with the
media.

Anyone else get an image of Rizzo crouched in the fetal position on the floor behind his desk, rocking back and forth and repeating “this is not happening . . . this is not happening . . .” as his cell phone rings constantly?

Cardinals place Carlos Martinez on 10-day disabled list with oblique strain

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The Cardinals have placed right-hander Carlos Martinez on the 10-day disabled list with a right oblique strain, per a team announcement on Saturday. The move is retroactive to July 20. No definite timetable has been set for his return to the rotation yet, but interim manager Mike Shildt told reporters he feels confident that Martinez will only need to skip one start before taking the mound again.

Martinez, 26, sustained the injury while trying to snare a line drive during Thursday’s 9-6 loss to the Cubs. It hasn’t exactly been smooth sailing for the righty this season, as he lost nearly four weeks to a right lat strain and pitched to a 5.32 ERA after returning to the Cardinals’ roster in early June. Overall, however, his numbers look a little stronger: He’s 6-6 in 17 starts with a 3.39 ERA, 4.5 BB/9 and 8.4 SO/9 through 95 2/3 innings.

In a corresponding move, right-handed reliever John Brebbia has been recalled from Triple-A Memphis. The 28-year-old Brebbia has already enjoyed three short-lived stints in the majors this season; he currently holds a cumulative 4.13 ERA, 2.2 BB/9, 9.9 SO/9 and two saves in 32 2/3 innings with the club.