Strasmas in September: Stephen Strasburg set to start for Nationals next Tuesday

4 Comments

Stephen Strasburg will make his sixth minor-league rehab start Thursday at Double-A and assuming everything goes well he’ll come off the disabled list and rejoin the Nationals’ rotation on September 6.

That had been the presumed return date for a while now, but manager Davey Johnson made it official by informing reporters today.

Strasburg, who underwent Tommy John elbow surgery on September 3 of last year, will face the Dodgers at home in his first big-league start since August 21, 2010.

Counting on Strasburg to pick up right where he left off before the surgery is unfair, but his fastball has consistently been clocked in the high-90s while rehabbing and he’s racked up 25 strikeouts in 14 innings against minor leaguers.

Report: Tigers sign Jordy Mercer to one-year, $5.25 million deal

Dustin Bradford/Getty Images
Leave a comment

On Wednesday afternoon, the Tigers agreed to a one-year, $5.25 million with shortstop Jordy Mercer, per Fancred’s Jon Heyman.

Mercer, 32, hit .251/.315/.381 with six home runs and 39 RBI in 436 plate appearances for the Pirates last season. His triple-slash line from 2018 is pretty close to his career triple-slash line, so that’s about what the Tigers should expect from him.

Mercer will take over as the full-time shortstop for the Tigers, who lost José Iglesias to free agency. Mercer does have versatility, with the ability to play first, second, and third base as well as the corner outfield in a pinch.