Gio Gonzalez is starting Game 4 for the Nationals tonight, but manager Matt Williams says Game 1 starter Stephen Strasburg will be available out of the bullpen.
Strasburg has never pitched in relief, in the minors or the majors, but it’d be interesting to see how much harder he could throw in a one-inning stint after averaging 94.8 miles per hour as a starter this season.
Williams has not yet announced who would start Game 5 for the Nationals, but Strasburg is available tonight whereas the other candidate, Jordan Zimmermann, would only pitch in an “extreme emergency.”
Among several transactions made on Sunday, the Angels announced that pitcher Matt Harvey has been released. The right-hander was designated for assignment on Friday.
Harvey, 30, was hoping to bounce back with the Angels after signing a one-year, $11 million contract in December. It didn’t work out. In 12 starts spanning 59 2/3 innings, Harvey allowed 47 earned runs on 63 hits and 29 walks with 39 strikeouts. Harvey missed time between May 24 and July 12 with an upper back injury.
Since his 2015 campaign with the Mets, after recovering from Tommy John surgery, Harvey has a 5.65 ERA in exactly 400 innings. Given his age, he could still find an opportunity with another team short on pitching depth, but he is running out of leash, as they say.