Nationals activate Stephen Strasburg from the disabled list

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MASN’s Dan Kolko reports that the Nationals have activated Stephen Strasburg from the 15-day disabled list ahead of Saturday night’s home start against the Rockies. The club has also placed infielder Dan Uggla on the 15-day DL with back spasms.

Strasburg, 27, left his July 4 start with two outs in the fourth inning due to an oblique injury. It’s his second stint on the DL, as he had missed nearly a month between late May and late June with a trapezius injury. The right-hander had been pitching well in three starts in between his injuries.

Overall, Strasburg owns a disappointing 5.16 ERA with a 63/18 K/BB ratio in 61 innings.

Giants sign Darin Ruf to minor league contract

Darin Ruf
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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.