Stephen Strasburg tests trapezius strain with 30-pitch bullpen session

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Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg landed on the disabled list last weekend with a left trapezius strain, but he’s already back on the mound.

According to Chase Hughes of CSNWashington.com, Strasburg threw 30 pitches in a bullpen session this morning at Nationals Park. Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post reports that he felt good, but the Nationals will see how he responds tomorrow before deciding on the next step.

The Nationals will have to hope that the time off will prove beneficial. Strasburg hasn’t looked anything like himself this season, posting a 6.55 ERA with a 45/14 K/BB ratio in 45 1/3 innings over 10 starts. Only Kyle Lohse and Ian Kennedy have a higher ERA among pitchers with at least 40 innings pitched.

Giants sign Darin Ruf to minor league contract

Darin Ruf
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The Athletic’s Jayson Stark reports that the Giants have signed 1B/OF Darin Ruf to a minor league contract.

Ruf, 33, played parts of five seasons in the majors with the Phillies from 2012-16, enjoying occasional offensive success. He spent the last three seasons in the KBO League in South Korea with the Samsung Lions, reigniting his career. Ruf hit an aggregate .313/.404/.564 with 86 home runs and 350 RBI over 1,756 plate appearances.

Ruf joins an ever-increasing list of players whose major league careers fizzled out, then found new life overseas — Eric Thames and Miles Mikolas are a couple of examples. Ruf will hope to prove himself as a big leaguer once more in spring training with the Giants.