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 sign Darin Ruf to minor league contract

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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.