Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg will make his next start on Tuesday against the Diamondbacks, Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post reports. He exited early from his previous start due to “discomfort under his shoulder blade“. Strasburg and Scherzer will essentially swap their order in the rotation. Scherzer starts Monday with a normal amount of rest as the Nationals enjoyed an off day on Thursday.
Strasburg underwent a chiropractic adjustment on Wednesday and said on Friday that he was “feeling good”. He threw a bullpen on Saturday, which cleared him for his next start.
In six starts spanning 32 1/3 innings, Strasburg has a 4.73 ERA with a 32/10 K/BB ratio.
TORONTO — The Blue Jays clinched a postseason berth Thursday without taking the field.
Toronto was assured of an AL wild card berth when the Boston Red Sox beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-3.
If Toronto holds its current position as the first of the AL’s three wild cards, the Blue Jays would open a best-of-three wild-card series at Rogers Centre next week.
“These guys are excited to be in this position,” Blue Jays manager John Schneider said after Wednesday’s 8-3 loss to the New York Yankees. “You’ve got three really good pitchers lined up against a good Boston team, playing at home. So I think it’s more excitement more than it’s nerves or anything. I think the guys are going to come out and be ready to roll on Friday night.”
Toronto became the fourth AL team to clinch a playoff berth, joining division champions Houston, the Yankees and Cleveland. The Astros and Yankees have first-round byes.
The Blue Jays last went to the playoffs in 2020, when they were knocked out with two straight losses to Tampa Bay.
Eight of the 12 berths in the expanded postseason have been clinched: The Los Angeles Dodgers and St. Louis earned division titles, and Atlanta and the New York Mets are assured no worse the wild cards while still competing to win the NL East. The Dodgers have a first-round bye.