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).

Free agent slugger José Abreu signs 3-year, $58.5M deal with Astros

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HOUSTON — Jose Abreu and the World Series champion Astros agreed to a three-year, $58.5 million contract, adding another powerful bat to Houston’s lineup.

Abreu, the 2020 AL MVP, gets $19.5 million in each of the next three seasons.

He spent his first nine major league seasons with the Chicago White Sox. The first baseman became a free agent after batting .304 with 15 home runs, 75 RBIs and an .824 OPS this year.

With the Astros, he replaces Yuli Gurriel at first base in a batting order that also features All-Star sluggers Yordan Alvarez, Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman and Kyle Tucker.

Gurriel became a free agent after Houston defeated the Philadelphia Phillies this month for its second World Series championship.

The 35-year-old Abreu becomes the biggest free agent to switch teams so far this offseason. Born in Cuba, the three-time All-Star and 2014 AL Rookie of the Year is a .292 career hitter in the majors with 243 homers, 863 RBIs and an .860 OPS.

The Astros announced the signing. Abreu was scheduled to be introduced in a news conference at Minute Maid Park.

He would get a $200,000 for winning an MVP award, $175,000 for finishing second in the voting, $150,000 for third, $125,000 for fourth and $100,000 for fifth. Abreu also would get $100,000 for earning World Series MVP and $75,000 for League Championship Series MVP, $75,000 for making the All-Star team and $75,000 for winning a Gold Glove or a Silver Slugger.

Abreu gets a hotel suite on road trips and the right to buy a luxury suite for all Astros home games.