Stephen Strasburg left Tuesday’s start after three innings with “discomfort under his shoulder blade”

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Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg was forced out of Tuesday’s start after just three innings due to what the team is calling “discomfort under his shoulder blade.”

Strasburg insisted after the game that injury isn’t serious, telling Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com that he thinks visiting a chiropractor could fix things:

I think it’s something where I just need to get an adjustment, or something like that. The best way I can put it: You’re driving a car fast over speed bumps. The irritation kind of rattles the cage a little bit.

For now he’ll remain on the active roster, but he was clearly in significant discomfort during the game. Zuckerman writes that Strasburg “grimaced several times after throwing pitches in the first inning, then again in the top of the second” and apparently it was also an issue during his previous start.

His velocity has been just fine in the mid-90s and he’s got 32 strikeouts in 32 innings, but Strasburg has walked 10 batters and opponents are hitting .309 off him (and the defense behind him, of course).

Giants hire Gabe Kapler as new manager

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The Giants announced on Tuesday the hiring of Gabe Kapler as manager. Kapler, filling the extremely large shoes of future Hall of Famer Bruce Bochy, inked a three-year deal, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. Kapler was one of three finalists for the job, beating out Astros bench coach Joe Espada and Rays bench coach Matt Quataro.

Following his 12-year playing career, Kapler was a coach for Israel’s team in the 2013 World Baseball Classic qualifier. He then became an analyst for FS1 before joining the Dodgers’ front office as the director of player development in November 2014. He was involved in three scandals there: one in which he tried to handle a sexual assault incident involving two Dodgers minor league players without telling police, one in which he allegedly discriminated against Nick Francona, a veteran and former baseball operations employee, and an incident that implicated most of the Dodgers’ front office concerning the recruiting of international free agents. The Dodgers reportedly kept a spreadsheet of employees and their level of criminality.

Despite Kapler’s background, the Phillies hired him as their manager ahead of the 2018 season. He would lead the Phillies to an 80-82 record that year and then helped them improve by one game in 2019, finishing at exactly .500 before being fired. Kapler’s tenure in Philly was tumultuous, often drawing ire from the local media and subsequently the fan base for not being tough enough on his players. The Phillies also reportedly had a clubhouse issue in 2018 in which players were playing video games in the clubhouse during games, prompting Carlos Santana to smash a TV with a bat.

Kapler has a history with Farhan Zaidi, the Giants’ president of baseball operations. They worked together in the Dodgers’ front office as Zaidi served as GM from November 2014-18.