Another MRI for Strasburg

Stephen Strasburg is headed back to the disabled list, and his prized right arm will undergo yet another examination that will largely determine whether he pitches again this season.

The Washington Nationals rookie will have a second magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) exam to see if anything more than a strained tendon in his forearm caused him to grimace after throwing a change-up in Saturday’s game at Philadelphia. Strasburg, the No. 1 overall pick in 2009, was removed from the game and underwent an MRI on Sunday.

The MRI “showed some things on there that led us to set up another MRI,” general manager Mike Rizzo said Monday. Rizzo said the upcoming test will be done in the “next day or two” and reports said Strasburg will go on the DL on Thursday.

He was originally placed on the DL on July 29.


The Milwaukee Brewers released right-handed relief pitcher David Riske, who has struggled since returning from elbow surgery.

Riske signed a three-year, $13 million contract before the 2008 season but has been limited to 69 games in three seasons because of injuries.

Riske pitched for Lindbergh High in Renton and Green River Community College in Auburn.


The Red Sox claimed 36-year-old outfielder Johnny Damon on waivers from the Tigers, and Damon was deciding whether to go. … Longtime National League umpire Satch Davidson has died at 75. Davidson was the home plate umpire for Hank Aaron’s 715th home run and Carlton Fisk’s shot that won Game 6 of the 1975 World Series. … A judge assigned to Roger Clemens’ perjury case has issued a gag order designed to prohibit public comments that could affect the jury pool for a possible trial. … Twins left-handed reliever Ron Mahay is out for the season with a torn right rotator cuff, and right-handed starter Kevin Slowey is out for a few weeks with a mild muscle strain in his right triceps. … The Rangers activated right-hander Rich Harden and catcher Matt Treanor from the 15-day disabled list, catcher Taylor Teagarden was optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City and right-hander Scott Feldman went on the 15-day DL with a bone bruise in his right knee.