Terps' Diggs, Brown to miss Clemson game

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Terps' Diggs, Brown to miss Clemson game

If you thought things couldn’t get any worse for the Maryland Terrapins football team, you were wrong.

Already forced to play linebacker Shawn Petty at quarterback for the remainder of the season, the injury bug has now claimed emerging stars Stefon Diggs and Wes Brown. 

Diggs, who was in the middle of breakout year at wide receiver and kick returner, had been the lone bright spot for the struggling Terps. But his services will be sidelined with an ankle injury when the team travels to Death Valley the weekend to play Clemson.

Brown had been coming on of late at running back, but like his Good Counsel High School teammate Diggs, he too will miss the Clemson game with an ankle injury.

Other notable players to grace Maryland’s injury report this week are defensive leaders defensive lineman Joe Vellano (questionable) and linebacker Jenny Tate (probable).

The Terps have already lost nine players for the season including quarterbacks CJ Brown (knee), Devin Burns (foot), Caleb Rowe (knee), and starters Kerry Boykins (WR, hip), Nick Ferrara (PK/P, hip) and linebacker Demetrius Hartsfield (knee).

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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. 

 

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Nats' Joe Ross making quick progress, may start rehab assignment soon

Nats' Joe Ross making quick progress, may start rehab assignment soon

On Monday in Baltimore, the Nationals had what seemed at the time like bleak news to share about Joe Ross, that time was running out for him to do a minor league rehab assignment, that he may have to instead return out of their bullpen to build his innings up. He hadn't thrown a bullpen session yet and the minor league regular season schedule was running out.

Then, on Tuesday, he threw a bullpen session, finally for the first time since he was pulled from his original minor league rehab stint on Aug. 5. Then, on Thursday he threw another, this time under the watchful eye of manager Dusty Baker, who now believes Ross may, in fact, be ready to go join one of their affiliates very soon.

How about that for a turn of events? Ross and the Nats have done nearly a complete 180, but it has him now heading in the right direction and the team will certainly take it.

"He threw quite a while. I could just tell by the expression on his face that he was feeling pretty good," Baker said. "He's been working tirelessly. Boy, we've missed him when he's been out."

When and where Ross pitches next will be determined by how he feels on Friday, how his right shoulder responds to the second bullpen session. He has been out since July 3 with shoulder inflammation.

He pitched twice in the minors - once for Hagerstown and once for Syracuse - but couldn't shake the discomfort in his shoulder. His velocity remained lower than it should be and Ross could tell something was wrong.

Ross said he felt great after Tuesday's bullpen and feels that this time is different. Baker himself is encouraged by the young right-hander's progress.

"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," he said.

Baker is ready to get Ross back as soon as possible, knowing how much his rotation has been hurt by his absence.

"When he was in, we had one of the best rotations in baseball one through five. Then, in Joe's absence, we've tried a number of guys there with some success and some not so successful. It's put some pressure on the bullpen and it'd be nice to get Joe back," he said.

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