Steven Strasburg placed on the disabled list with elbow trouble

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The Washington Nationals have scratched Stephen Strasburg from his scheduled start against the Orioles tonight due to elbow soreness. He’s been placed on the 15-day disabled list. A.J. Cole was recalled from Triple A and will start against Baltimore tonight.

The good news: according to the New York Post’s Joel Sherman, Strasburg’s elbow issue “is not structural,” and the Nationals are placing their ace on the DL as a precaution. Washington has an eight and a half game lead in the NL East right now, so he has plenty of time to get healthy and be fresh for the playoffs.

Strasburg was in the Cy Young conversation until late July when he began to struggle. Over his past three starts, he’s allowed 19 runs in just 11 and two-thirds innings and he’s seen his ERA balloon fro 2.63 to 3.59.

Colin Poche, Rays go to arbitration just $125,000 apart

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Reliever Colin Poche went to salary arbitration with the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday with the sides just $125,000 apart.

The gap between the $1.3 million the pitcher asked for and the $1,175,000 the team offered was the smallest among the 33 players who exchanged proposed arbitration figures last month. The case was heard by John Woods, Jeanne Vonhof and Walt De Treux, who will hold their decision until later this month.

A 29-year-old left-hander, Poche had Tommy John surgery on July 29, 2020, and returned to the major leagues last April 22 after six appearances at Triple-A Durham. Poche was 4-2 with a 3.99 ERA and seven saves in 65 relief appearances for the Rays. He struck out 64 and walked 22 in 58 2/3 innings.

Poche had a $707,800 salary last year.

Tampa Bay went to arbitration on Monday with reliever Ryan Thompson, whose decision also is being held until later this month. He asked for $1.2 million and the Rays argued for $1 million.

Rays right-hander Jason Adam and outfielder Harold Ramirez remain scheduled for hearings.

Players and teams have split four decisions thus far. All-Star pitcher Max Fried ($13.5 million) lost to Atlanta and reliever Diego Castillo ($2.95 million) was defeated by Seattle, while pitcher Jesus Luzardo ($2.45 million) and AL batting champion Luis Arraez ($6.1 million) both beat the Marlins.

A decision also is pending for Los Angeles Angels outfielder Hunter Renfroe.

Eighteen additional players are eligible for arbitration and hearings are scheduled through Feb. 17. Among the eligible players is Seattle utilityman Dylan Moore, who has a pending three-year contract worth $8,875,000.