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Stephen Strasburg scratched from Monday’s start due to an upper back strain


Monday night’s marquee matchup between the Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw and the Nationals’ Stephen Strasburg is no more. Strasburg has been scratched from the start due to an upper back strain, Chase Hughes of CSN Mid-Atlantic reports. Yusmeiro Petit will make a spot start in his place.

Petit has made 17 appearances this season, all in relief, and has put up a 2.81 ERA with a 25/7 K/BB ratio in 32 innings.

This isn’t the first time Strasburg has dealt with back issues, but last year’s issue was a fibrolipoma (benign), which was surgically removed during the offseason. It’s worth noting that parts of Los Angeles County are under an excessive heat warning lasting until 8 PM PDT.

Strasburg owns a spotless 10-0 record with a 2.90 ERA and a 118/24 K/BB ratio in 93 innings over 14 starts this season.

Citing Elias, SportsTalk Live’s Rob Carlin notes that the Kershaw-Strasburg matchup would have been the second in baseball history — and the first in 116 years — featuring two pitchers with at least 10 wins and no more than one loss.

Luis Urías to miss six to eight weeks with fractured hamate bone

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Robert Murray reports that Brewers infielder Luis Urías underwent surgery to repair a fractured left hamate bone, suffered during a game in the Mexican Pacific Winter League. The club expects him to miss six to eight weeks, which likely means he will not start the regular season on time.

The Brewers acquired Urías from the Padres along with pitcher Eric Lauer in late November in exchange for pitcher Zach Davies and outfielder Trent Grisham.

Last season with the Padres, Urías hit .223/.329/.326 across 249 plate appearances. While his offense isn’t anything to write home about, he does play above-average defense with the ability to play several positions.

Urías was slated to be the regular shortstop, so his late start likely means Orlando Arcia will get another chance to prove himself. Arcia has failed to live up to expectations across four seasons in the big leagues thus far.