Stephen Strasburg pulled after four rough innings on Sunday with discomfort in upper back

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Stephen Strasburg had his worst start since May on Saturday against the lowly Marlins, yielding four earned runs on seven hits. Washington did win the game 7-4 to maintain its 5 1/2 game deficit in the National League East standings, but more bad news about Strasburg came forward Sunday evening …

His status for next weekend’s series against the Braves is unclear at this time. Strasburg entered Sunday’s outing versus Miami with a shiny 1.73 ERA and 32/3 K/BB ratio over his last four starts (26 innings).

The 27-year-old missed most of July with an oblique strain and most of June with a trapezius strain.

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.