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.
Nationals shortstop Trea Turner underwent surgery on his right index finger, MLB.com’s Manny Randhawa reports. Turner suffered a non-displaced fracture when he was hit by a pitch attempting to bunt in early April.
Turner missed six weeks of action and played through the injury for the remainder of the season. He was quite successful, batting .298/.353/.497 with 19 home runs, 57 RBI, 96 runs scored, and 35 stolen bases across 569 plate appearances. Turner’s performance, especially late in the regular season, helped the Nationals claim the first NL Wild Card. They, of course, would go on to win the World Series.
Turner, who is expected to be healed up by the start of spring training, will be entering his second of four years of arbitration eligibility. He will likely get a sizable raise on his $3.725 million 2019 salary.