Stephen Strasburg scratched from start with sprained ankle, expected to be fine

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The Nationals have scratched right-hander Stephen Strasburg from Sunday’s scheduled start after he sprained his left ankle during conditioning yesterday.

Nationals manager Matt Williams told James Wagner of the Washington Post that Strasburg will rest for a few days, but the injury is not a major concern and no MRI is scheduled. For what it’s worth, he was walking around the clubhouse without a limp and didn’t need any sort of wrap or brace. Strasburg already missed one start this spring with an ingrown toenail, but there’s nothing to indicate he won’t be ready for his first turn in the starting rotation when the regular season gets underway.

Strasburg, 26, is coming off a 3.14 ERA (119 ERA+) with 10.1 K/9 and 1.8 BB/9 across 34 starts last season.

Mets claim Sam Coonrod off waivers from Phillies

Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
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NEW YORK — The active New York Mets added another newcomer to their bullpen mix when they claimed reliever Sam Coonrod off waivers from the NL East rival Philadelphia Phillies.

Coonrod had a 7.82 ERA in 12 appearances covering 12 2/3 innings last year for the National League champions. The right-hander is 7-5 with a 5.27 ERA and five saves in 105 games over four major league seasons with San Francisco and Philadelphia. He has struck out 95 and walked 44 in 97 1/3 innings.

The 30-year-old Coonrod was designated for assignment by the Phillies last week when they signed free agent infielder Josh Harrison.

To make room on the 40-man roster, outfielder Khalil Lee was designated for assignment by the Mets.