Stephen Strasburg goes three innings in second start

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Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg was supposed to go five innings Sunday in his second start since returning to the major leagues. He made it only three, but the outing was far from a disaster.

Strasburg yielded just one run on three hits while striking out four Astros hitters. He did not issue a walk and threw 39 of his 57 pitches for strikes.

Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com has more.

The 23-year-old Strasburg has now thrown eight major league innings since returning last week from a year-long recovery from Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery. He’s allowed five hits and one earned run, with eight strikeouts and zero walks. His fastball has been clocked consistently in the high-90s.

Strasburg will take on the Marlins next weekend in yet another home start.

Blue Jays place Aaron Sanchez on 10-day disabled list

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The Blue Jays placed right-hander Aaron Sanchez on the 10-day disabled list with a contusion in his right index finger, per a team announcement on Saturday. The assignment is retroactive to Friday. In a corresponding move, righty Marcus Stroman was activated from the DL (right shoulder fatigue) and will take the mound for the Blue Jays at 9:07 PM ET tonight.

Sanchez, 25, is in his fifth season with the club. He hasn’t looked his sharpest so far this year, going 3-5 in 15 starts with a career-worst 4.52 ERA, 5.1 BB/9 and 7.6 SO/9 through 79 2/3 innings. It’s not yet clear how long he’ll be sidelined, though he could miss as little as one turn in the rotation before returning to the roster in the next week or two.

Sanchez isn’t the only struggling starter in Toronto’s rotation, either. Per MLB.com’s Gregor Chisholm, the team placed southpaw Jaime Garcia on the DL (right shoulder tenderness) as well, with lefty reliever Tim Mayza scheduled to take his spot on the roster. In 13 starts this season, Garcia carried a 2-6 record, 6.16 ERA, 4.5 BB/9 and 8.2 SO/9 over 61 1/3 innings. Any further decisions pertaining to the rotation — including Tuesday’s starter against the Astros — have yet to be publicly addressed.