Stephen Strasburg strikes out 11 batters in latest rehab start

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Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg has been sidelined since July 4 with a left oblique strain, but it sounds like he’s rounding into form for the stretch run.

According to Chase Hughes of CSNMA.com, Strasburg struck out 11 batters over 5 2/3 innings tonight in his latest minor league rehab start with Triple-A Syracuse. He threw a total of 85 pitches while allowing two runs on five hits and no walks. This was his second minor league rehab start, as he gave up three runs over four innings last Wednesday. He currently lines up to return this weekend against the Rockies.

This has been a frustrating season for Strasburg, who previously missed four weeks with a trapezius strain. He has an uncharacteristic 5.16 ERA with a 63/18 K/BB ratio over 61 innings and will look to finish the season strong.

Carl Crawford arrested on domestic violence charge

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Former major league outfielder Carl Crawford has been arrested in Texas on a domestic violence charge, TMZ reports. The charge was designated as “assault fam/house mem impede breath circulate,” suggesting that Crawford allegedly choked someone. Crawford surrendered to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday. The alleged incident occurred in May.

Crawford was in the news last week as well when two people — a 25-year-old woman and a five-year-old boy — were found dead at his home in Houston. The boy reportedly had trouble breathing and the woman jumped in to help him.

Crawford, who owns a record label called 1501 Certified Entertainment, posted a message on Instagram about the incident:

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There will likely be more information brought to light about Crawford’s alleged domestic violence incident in the coming days. It is unclear if there are any common factors between the domestic violence incident and the pool incident.