W.Nationals activate Stephen Strasburg, Ryan Zimmerman from disabled list
The 26-year-old batted .224 with one homer and seven RBIs in 37 games prior to the injury.Reuters | Updated: 21-07-2018 06:57 IST | Created: 21-07-2018 06:57 IST
Manager Dave Martinez told reporters on Tuesday that Strasburg, who last pitched June 8 and is returning from right shoulder inflammation, would start the second-half opener on Friday.
First baseman Ryan Zimmerman was also activated, from the 60-day DL, after he had been out since May 9 with a right oblique strain. Zimmerman was not in the starting lineup Friday, as Matt Adams got the nod at first base.
The moves are a big boost for the Nationals, who ended the first half 48-48, 5 1/2 games back of the Philadelphia Phillies in the NL East.
Machado, who was dealt to L.A. on Wednesday for five prospects headlined by outfielder Yusniel Diaz, wrote a lengthy post on Instagram to the team he spent more than eight years with and the fans who cheered him along the way.
"I've spent the last few days trying to figure out how I would say goodbye but there wasn't an easy way to do it," Machado wrote. "I first joined this organization at the age of 17 and these past eight years have far exceeded anything I ever could've imagined. Throughout the ups and downs, you embraced me unconditionally and you took a kid from Miami and brought me up as one of your own. I've enjoyed my time here and you all have played a big part in that!! Thank you Birdland! You are forever in my heart!"
--The Seattle Mariners announced they have reached agreement on a multi-year contract extension with manager Scott Servais. Terms were not disclosed.
Servais, 51, was hired in 2016 following 10 years in player development roles. The Mariners are 222-199 (.527) during his tenure, making Servais the fourth-winningest manager in franchise history. He has the fifth-most wins of any manager in the majors since being hired.
Seattle entered the All-Star break with a 58-39 record, second to the Houston Astros in the American League West while also occupying the second wild card spot in the AL.
--Milwaukee Brewers relief pitcher Josh Hader made good on his word, apologizing to his teammates after years-old racist and anti-gay tweets surfaced during Tuesday's All-Star Game.
Hader had apologized when speaking to reporters Tuesday night about the controversial comments, and he said he intended to apologize to the team.
Hader also met with Billy Bean, Major League Baseball's vice president for social responsibility and inclusion, for roughly two hours to begin sensitivity training mandated to him by the league. "That's a young man who is in a tremendous amount of pain," Bean said of Hader.
The club also announced the recall of right-hander Drew Smith from Triple-A Las Vegas, while optioning infielder Dominic Smith and right-hander Corey Oswalt to the same club.
-- The Baltimore Orioles designated struggling right-hander Chris Tillman for assignment, perhaps signaling the end to the 30-year-old's tenure with the club.
The former All-Star was just 1-5 with a 10.46 ERA before going on the disabled list with a back injury after two disastrous outings in May. He was also shelled during his rehab starts as minor leaguers batted .333 against him. He compiled an 0-3 mark and 6.75 ERA in six starts at four different destinations.
Tillman went 56-30 from 2013-16 before falling on hard times. He suffered an injury to his throwing shoulder late in the 2016 campaign and never regained his form. He went 1-7 with a 7.84 ERA in 24 appearances (19 starts) for the Orioles in 2017 before this year's struggles.
In a corresponding move, the Rangers recalled outfielder Willie Calhoun from Triple-A Round Rock.
Mazara was injured prior to the All-Star break in a game at Baltimore last Saturday. He finished that game but sat out Texas' final game before the break last Sunday. The 23-year-old is hitting .272 with 15 home runs and 58 RBIs in 91 games this season.
Fulmer was set to start Sunday against Boston and was considered a top trade target for teams looking to add starting pitching. Now he is unlikely to be moved prior to the July 31 non-waivers trade deadline.
The 26-year-old batted .224 with one homer and seven RBIs in 37 games prior to the injury.
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