Stephen Strasburg is ready for a rehab assignment


Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg has been cleared to begin a minor-league rehab assignment and will start Wednesday at Triple-A.

Strasburg is coming back from a strained oblique muscle suffered on July 4 and convinced the Nationals that he’s ready for a rehab stint by throwing a 51-pitch simulated game Friday.

This is the second time Strasburg has been on the disabled list this season and when healthy enough to take the mound for the Nationals he’s struggled with a 5.16 ERA in 13 starts despite a strong 63/18 K/BB ratio in 61 innings.

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.