Stephen Strasburg of the Washington Nationals made his first rehab start since Tommy John surgery, striking out four of the eight batters he faced in 12/3 innings for the Single-A Hagerston (Md.) Suns in a 7-5 home loss to the Greensboro Grasshoppers on Sunday.
Strasburg, the No. 1 overall pick in 2009, threw 25 of his 31 pitches for strikes. His fastball was consistently 96-98 mph and he allowed one run in front of more than 6,000 fans and 65 media members.
“When you’ve got the adrenaline going out there, you don’t really know how you’re going to feel as far as being able to throw the ball where you want to throw it,” Strasburg said.
Strasburg was hurt on Aug. 21, 2010, and had surgery on Sept. 3, ending his rookie season.
Strasburg said he expects to make another start in the minors Friday. His goal is to return to the Nationals in September.
Giants manager Bruce Bochy criticized nationally syndicated radio host Tony Bruno for what he said was a “racist” comment about reliever Ramon Ramirez.
Bruno referred to Ramirez as an “illegal alien.” He also called Bochy a “coward” in a Twitter post following Friday’s brawl between the Phillies and Giants. Bruno later deleted his tweet and apologized for his “stupid and insensitive” post.
Ramirez is from the Dominican Republic.
Cleveland Indians outfielder Shin-Soo Choo, a former Mariners outifielder, will begin a rehab assignment with Single-A Lake County of the Midwest League today, the next step in his return from a broken left thumb. … Rays rookie right-hander Alex Cobb was placed on the 15-day disabled list because of an injury to his right hand. The team was still trying to determine the severity of the injury after he was hospitalized Saturday. … The Reds placed outfielder Chris Heisey on the 15-day DL because of a strained left oblique. … The Rockies recalled right-hander Josh Roenicke from Triple-A Colorado Springs. Roenicke is the son of former Orioles outfielder Gary Roenicke and the nephew of Brewers manager Ron Roenicke.