Stephen Strasburg will make his next start on Tuesday

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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.

Rockies, Trevor Story agree on two-year, $27.5 million contract

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ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports that the Rockies and shortstop Trevor Story have come to terms on a two-year, $27.5 million deal, buying out his two remaining years of arbitration eligibility.

Story, 27, and the Rockies did not agree on a salary before the deadline earlier this month. Story filed for $11.5 million while the team countered at $10.75 million. The average annual value of this deal — $13.75 million — puts him a little bit ahead this year and likely a little bit behind next year.

This past season in Colorado, Story hit .294/.363/.554 with 35 home runs, 85 RBI, 111 runs scored, and 23 stolen bases over 656 trips to the plate. He also continued to rank among the game’s best defensive shortstops. Per FanGraphs, Story’s 10.9 Wins Above Replacement over the last two seasons is fifth-best among shortstops (min. 1,000 PA) behind Alex Bregman, Francisco Lindor, Xander Bogaerts, and Marcus Semien.

With third baseman Nolan Arenado likely on his way out via trade, one wonders if the same fate awaits Story at some point over the next two seasons.