Stephen Strasburg dominant again at Triple-A

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stephen strasburg workout.jpgTop prospect Stephen Strasburg continued his dominance at the Triple-A level on Wednesday evening, fanning nine batters over 6 1/3 scoreless innings against a group of Twins minor leaguers.  The stats come compliments of the Nationals’ official Twitter feed.

Strasburg has now fired 18 1/3 scoreless innings since being promoted to Triple-A Syracuse from Double-A Harrisburg and may be only two or three starts away from his big league debut.  The 21-year-old allowed only three hits Wednesday and threw 60 of his 92 pitches for strikes.

Of course, the only reason he remains in the minor leagues is so the Nats can avoid him reaching Super Two status.  The strategy should save the club millions in the long-run, but it’s pretty apparent that Strasburg is ready for greater competition. 

A.J. Ramos to undergo season-ending surgery for torn labrum

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Mets reliever A.J. Ramos has a torn labrum and will undergo season-ending surgery on Wednesday, Mike Puma of the New York Post reports.

Ramos, 31, has been out of action since late May. In his last two appearances, in Milwaukee against the Brewers, he walked both batters he faced in the 10th inning, then gave up three runs and recorded only two outs the next day. On the season, he owns a disappointing 6.41 ERA with a 22/15 K/BB ratio in 19 2/3 innings. The shoulder issue explains his struggles.

The Mets acquired Ramos from the Marlins ahead of the non-waiver trade deadline last July. Ramos will be eligible for free agency once the season concludes.