An update on the shutdown of Nats' Strasburg

An update on the shutdown of Nats' Strasburg

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Nationals manager Davey Johnson says Stephen Strasburg could miss his final two or three turns in the rotation during the regular season. In his first full season following elbow ligament replacement surgery, Strasburg is 15-5 with a 2.85 ERA and a National League-leading 183 strikeouts. The 24-year-old right-hander has thrown 145 1-3 innings, and the Nationals are thought to have given him a limit of 160-180. "I think it came out that with the off days, we'd need another starter for I think two starts," Johnson said after talking with general manager Mike Rizzo. "I think two starts, might have been three." Washington began the day with a seven-game lead in the NL East, putting the city on track for postseason play for the first time since 1933. The Nationals followed a similar plan last season with right-hander Jordan Zimmermann. The 26-year-old right-hander is 9-7 with a 2.54 ERA that ranks second in the NL. "It's funny, there wasn't anything said when we shut down Zimmermann," Johnson said. Last year, Johnson announced a pitcher for Zimmermann's slot before he had the chance to inform all involved. He intends to change that this year. "Everybody in the world will know about this one," Johnson said.

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VIDEO: Max Scherzer makes ridiculous between-the-legs snag vs. Orioles

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VIDEO: Max Scherzer makes ridiculous between-the-legs snag vs. Orioles

Sometimes it's all about taking a stab at it. 

Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer, on a comebacker off the bat of Baltimore's Jonathan Schoop on Thursday night in D.C., simply stuck his glove between his legs and hoped for the best. It worked out. 

He made the ridiculous snag below and threw the ball to first for an out. Watch.

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Strasburg plays catch, Nats say injury not in area of Tommy John surgery

Strasburg plays catch, Nats say injury not in area of Tommy John surgery

Just three days after Stephen Strasburg was placed on the disabled list with a sore right elbow, the Nats pitcher walked out to the right field at Nationals Park and played catch with a team trainer. He started close, then backed up to play long-toss.

That was a big step for Strasburg, who is on the DL for the second time this season. And, as it turns out, it was the second time already that he's played catch since the injury.

"It's coming out pretty easy. I asked him how he felt afterwards and he said he felt good, the ball was coming out pretty good," manager Dusty Baker said.

The Nationals remain confident that Strasburg's elbow is structurally sound. They now say his soreness isn't even in the same spot where his Tommy John surgery was performed in 2010.

“He knows how he feels. Doctors have poked and prodded and given them every test almost that there is. It’s not in the same area," Baker said.

Strasburg is making progress, but the Nationals still don't know when he will take the next step in his rehab, presumably when he will get on a mound to throw a bullpen session. It's encouraging that he's been throwing, but his timeline to return is still very much in limbo.

“How much time do you give him? You give him enough time for him to feel right. If he’s not right then we got to go with another option," Baker said.

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Optimistic Orioles getting ready for postseason with ticket release

Optimistic Orioles getting ready for postseason with ticket release

WASHINGTON – The Orioles are hoping for the their third postseason appearance in the last five years, and they’ve emailed season ticket holders on Wednesday, telling them that postseason tickets have been reserved for them. 

Full season ticket holders will be able to purchase tickets for all postseason games.

Owners of 29-game plans can buy up tickets for up to six postseason games, including the wild card game, and 13-game plan holders can buy tickets to one game each in the Division Series, League Championship Series and World Series. 

Prices for wild card and Division Series games range between $20 and $110 for full season holders, $25 and $130 for 29-game holders and $30 to $150 for 13-game plan holders.

League Championship Series prices are between $50 and $175 for full season ticket holders, $60 and $200 for 29-game plan holders and $70 and $225 for 13-game plan holders. 

World Series ticket prices range between $100 and $280 for full season ticket holders, $115-$315 for 29-game plan holders and $100 and $350 for 13-game holders. 

A date for a public sale for postseason tickets hasn’t been announced. 

NOTES:

— Former Orioles reliever Tommy Hunter was released by Cleveland. 

— RHP Logan Ondrusek, who was recalled by the Orioles on Thursday, said his two weeks in Bowie were helpful. 

“I went down there to work on a couple of pitches and reset a little bit,” Ondrusek said. 

When he signed with the Orioles on July 29, he was a free agent who had pitched in 2015 and 2016 in Japan. 

“It was a big rush coming back from overseas and everything. Just trying to get back on track and get back to pitching like I know I can,” Ondrusek said.