Nationals clear Stephen Strasburg for rehab assignment

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Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg has been cleared to begin a minor-league rehab assignment two weeks after going on the disabled list with a strained trap muscle.

James Wagner of the Washington Post reports that Strasburg will start Wednesday at Double-A, which will be his first game action since leaving his May 29 start against the Reds after 16 pitches.

Strasburg has been a mess all season, posting a 6.55 ERA in 10 starts while allowing opponents to hit .325 off him. He came into this season with a lifetime 3.02 ERA in 109 starts, including a sub-3.25 ERA in all five of his big-league seasons.

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.