Stephen Strasburg expected to be shut down

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Nothing particularly earth-shattering here, but according to Jon Heyman of SI.com, the Nationals are expected to shut down Stephen Strasburg for the rest of the season.

Strasburg was diagnosed with a strained flexor tendon in his right forearm after leaving Saturday’s start against the Phillies in the fifth inning. An MRI on Sunday confirmed the initial diagnosis, but an MRI arthogram scheduled for later today should provide some additional clarity. According to Heyman, Strasburg will be shut down regardless of the results.

It sounds like the appropriate strategy. The Nationals aren’t a very good baseball team right now and they need Strasburg if they have any hope of changing that. Anything that can protect his arm for future seasons should be the No. 1 priority of the franchise.

Steven Wright undergoes procedures on left knee

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The Red Sox announced that starter Steven Wright underwent a left knee arthroscopy and debridement on Monday in New York. There is no timetable yet for his recovery, so it is still not known if he will be ready for spring training.

Wright, 34, was bothered by left knee issues throughout the 2018 season. He made four starts and 16 relief appearances totaling 53 2/3 innings, posting a 2.68 ERA with 42 strikeouts and 26 walks. Wright was on the ALDS roster but was removed due to the knee issue and did not appear in the postseason.

Wright is entering his second of three years of arbitration eligibility. He is due a raise on his $1.1 million salary. The Red Sox could non-tender him, but that seems unlikely.