Dodgers prospect Ross Stripling to undergo Tommy John surgery

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Bad news for the Dodgers today, as J.P. Hoornstra of the Los Angeles News Group reports that prospect right-hander Ross Stripling will undergo season-ending Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery tomorrow.

Stripling originally injured his elbow during batting practice on February 21, but he didn’t say anything about it to trainers or coaches. However, he had no choice after he threw two innings in the Dodgers’ first Cactus League game last Wednesday and felt continued discomfort. An MRI confirmed the ligament tear.

A former teammate of Cardinals right-hander Michael Wacha at Texas A&M University, Stripling has a 2.47 ERA and 154/36 K/BB ratio over his first 164 innings in pro ball. The 24-year-old was recently ranked as the organization’s No. 10 prospect by Baseball America. Stripling might have made his major league debut later this year if he continued to progress, but any such talk can now be pushed back to 2015.

Max Scherzer reaches 300 strikeouts on the season

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Nationals ace Max Scherzer struck out his 300th batter of the season on Tuesday night against the Marlins. Austin Dean was the victim, swinging and missing at a 3-2 curve for the second out in the seventh inning.

Scherzer’s 2018 is the seventh 300-strikeout season since 2000. The others: Chris Sale (308; 2017 Red Sox), Clayton Kershaw (301; 2015 Dodgers), Randy Johnson (334; 2002 Diamondbacks), Curt Schilling (316; 2002 Diamondbacks), Randy Johnson (372; 2001 Diamondbacks), Randy Johnson (347; 2000 Diamondbacks). It’s the 67th 300-strikeout season dating back to 1883.

At the conclusion of the seventh, Scherzer had held the Marlins to a run on four hits with no walks and 10 strikeouts. He entered the start 17-7 with a 2.57 ERA across 213 2/3 innings. Jacob deGrom will almost certainly win the NL Cy Young Award, but Scherzer’s 2018 has been outstanding.