Nationals clear Stephen Strasburg for rehab assignment


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 place Samardjiza on IL due to shoulder impingement

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LOS ANGELES — Jeff Samardjiza has been placed on the 10-day injured list by the San Francisco Giants due to right shoulder impingement.

Manager Gabe Kapler said before Saturday’s game against the Los Angeles Dodgers that the right-hander told trainers and the coaching staff that he felt like wasn’t able to get the arm loose during Friday’s game. Samardjiza is scheduled to undergo an MRI on Saturday.

Samardjiza went four-plus innings and allowed six runs on seven hits in a 7-2 loss to the Dodgers. He is 0-2 with a 9.88 ERA in three starts.

The Giants have recalled left-hander Andrew Suarez from their alternate training site, but Kapler said he hasn’t finalized a revised starting rotation.