Nationals president Stan Kasten acknowledged Saturday there is a “very real possibility” the team will not reach an agreement with No. 1 overall draft pick Stephen Strasburg despite offering him a record-breaking contract.
The Nationals face a deadline of midnight on Monday night to sign Strasburg, a right-hander from San Diego State whose fastball has been clocked at 102 mph.
He is represented by super-agent Scott Boras, who has the top three players in this year’s draft – all of whom were unsigned as of Saturday afternoon.
Kasten said the Nationals offered Strasburg a major league contract worth more than the record $10.5 million pitcher Mark Prior got from the Chicago Cubs after being the second pick in the 2001 amateur draft.
Dodgers’ Kuroda takes liner off head
Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Hiroki Kuroda was carted off the field and taken to a Phoenix hospital after being hit in the side of the head by a line drive off the bat of Arizona pinch-hitter Rusty Ryal in the sixth inning. Kuroda, 34, crumpled to the mound, clutching his head, as the ball deflected into the seats behind first base.
He was put on a stretcher and loaded onto a cart, raising both of his arms as the cart rolled off the field.
Mets’ Wright beaned, taken to hospital
David Wright sustained a concussion after being hit squarely in the helmet by a 94 mph fastball from Giants starter Matt Cain on Saturday, and the Mets third baseman was expected to spend the night in a New York hospital.
Mets spokesman Jay Horwitz said Wright had a CT scan, which was negative.
The Philadelphia Phillies say right-hander Brett Myers, out since May 28 due to a torn labrum in his right hip, has changed his description of how he sustained an injury that forced him to miss his first scheduled rehab start. Myers originally said his eye was hurt while player catch with his 4-year-old son, then said he hurt it after slipping while getting out of his truck. Stay tuned. … The Toronto Blue Jays have signed 2009 first-round draft pick Chad Jenkins. The 21-year-old right-hander was the 20th overall selection.