UPDATE: Strasburg allowed four runs — one earned — over five innings and tallied eight strikeouts against two walks. According to the AP he was clocked consistently in the 97-98 MPH range.
Chapman tossed 4 2/3 innings down in Louisville, fanning nine batters and allowing one earned run on five hits. The Cincinnati Enquirer’s John Fay says four of those hits were infield singles. Not a bad start for both.
12:53pm: Baseball fans, listen up. Young pitching prospects Stephen Strasburg and Aroldis Chapman are scheduled to make their 2010 minor league debuts this afternoon and MLB.com will be streaming both appearances. For Free.
The pitchers are both scheduled to take the mound at 2 PM ET. Strasburg will be dealing for the Nationals’ Double-A affiliate in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, while Chapman will be handling his business for the Reds’ Triple-A affiliate, the Louisville Bats.
Strasburg, 21, signed a $15.1 million contract last year after being selected No. 1 overall in baseball’s first-year player draft. Chapman signed a $25 million free agent contract this offseason.
Bad news for the Cubs’ Yu Darvish: The right-hander is headed back to the disabled list with right triceps tendinitis, the team announced Saturday. It’s the second such assignment for Darvish this season, but the first time he’s been sidelined with arm issues. Neither the severity of his injury nor a concrete timeframe for his recovery has been revealed yet, but the move is retroactive to May 23 and will allow him to come off the DL by June 2, assuming all goes well.
Prior to the injury, Darvish went 1-3 in eight starts with a 4.95 ERA, 4.7 BB/9 and 11.0 SO/9 through 40 innings. Needless to say, these aren’t the kind of results the Cubs were hoping to see after inking the righty to a six-year, $126 million contract back in February, though the circumstances affecting his performances appear to have largely been out of his control. He missed a start in early May after coming down with the flu and has struggled to pitch beyond the fifth inning in five of his eight starts to date.
The Cubs recalled left-hander Randy Rosario from Triple-A Iowa in a corresponding move. Rosario has yet to amass more than five career innings in the majors, but has impressed at Triple-A so far this year: he maintained an 0.97 ERA, 2.8 BB/9 and 6.1 SO/9 through 19 1/3 innings in 2018. As for Darvish’s next scheduled turn in the rotation, Tyler Chatwood is lined up to take the mound when the Cubs face off against the Giants in the series finale on Sunday. A starter for Monday night’s game has yet to be determined.