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Stephen Strasburg won’t be available if Nationals advance to NLCS


Starter Stephen Strasburg won’t be available for the NLCS should the Nationals defeat the Dodgers on Thursday night and move on in the playoffs, ESPN’s Britt McHenry reports. Strasburg hasn’t pitched since September 7 due to a flexor mass strain in his right elbow.

Thus far in the postseason, the Nationals have handed the ball to Max Scherzer, Tanner Roark, Gio Gonzalez, and Joe Ross. Scherzer will get the ball again in Game 5 against the Dodgers.

Strasburg, 28, finished the regular season with a 15-4 record, a 3.60 ERA, and a 183/44 K/BB ratio in 147 2/3 innings.

Report: Nationals to call up prospect Carter Kieboom


Jesse Dougherty of the Washington Post reports that the Nationals will promote middle infield prospect Carter Kieboom to the majors ahead of Friday’s game against the Padres. The Nationals are currently dealing with injuries to shortstop Trea Turner and third baseman Anthony Rendon, so the club hopes Kieboom can help the team tread water at the very least.

Kieboom, 21, was selected by the Nationals in the first round (28th overall) in the 2016 draft. MLB Pipeline currently rates him No. 2 in the Nationals’ system and No. 37 overall. Kieboom has played both second base and shortstop this season after exclusively playing shortstop previously in his professional career.

With Triple-A Fresno to start the 2019 season, Kieboom hit .379/.506/.636 with three homers, 18 RBI, and 14 runs scored in 83 plate appearances.