Stephen Strasburg exits start with tightness in left side

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UPDATE: Nationals manager Matt Williams said after the game that Strasburg left the start with tightness in his left side. He’s scheduled to be re-evaluated on Sunday.

12:39 p.m. ET: According to MASN Sports’ Dan Kolko, Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg exited today’s start against the Giants in the top of the fourth inning due to an apparent injury to his left side.

Strasburg was in obvious discomfort on his final three pitches. He tried to make his case to stay in the game, but the Nationals understandably didn’t want to take any chances. Strasburg was pitching well prior to exiting, allowing one hit and two walks over 3 2/3 scoreless innings while striking out three batters. Tanner Roark replaced him to protect an early 3-0 lead.

This was Strasburg’s third start back after missing four weeks with a left trapezius strain. The Nationals will have to hope that he doesn’t require another extended absence. We should have more information on his status after the game.

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.