Washington Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg left his start after two innings against the Atlanta Braves with a right oblique strain.
The right-hander grimaced after throwing a change-up to Brian McCann, the sixth batter he faced, with one out in the second inning Friday night.
Strasburg retired McCann on a grounder and struck out Dan Uggla to end the inning.
Craig Stammen relieved Strasburg to begin the third. Strasburg, who left with a 2-1 lead, allowed two hits and one run — a homer by Freddie Freeman — with no walks and two strikeouts.
WORLD DRAFT ON HOLD
Major League Baseball has abandoned its attempt to start an international draft of amateur players next year, likely pushing the matter back to collective bargaining for the labor contract that will start in 2017.
Under the five-year labor deal agreed to in November 2011, the sides held discussions about a draft and MLB had the right to inform the union by Saturday if it planned to start one next year. If MLB had given that notification, the union would have had until June 15 to veto it.
The Diamondbacks have activated South Kitsap alum Willie Bloomquist and placed third baseman Eric Chavez on the 15-day disabled list. Bloomquist, a member of the Mariners from 2002-08, has been on the disabled list all season with a strained right intercostal.
Two former players in the Los Angeles Dodgers organization, right-hander Ryan Acosta and second baseman C.J. Retherford, have been suspended 50 games apiece after testing positive for an amphetamine under the under baseball’s minor league drug program. Both players would begin serving their suspensions if and when they sign with an organization. ... The Athletics reinstated right fielder Josh Reddick, out with a nagging right wrist, from the disabled list. … Red Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury was removed from the starting lineup for Friday night’s series opener against the Yankees because of a tight left groin. … The Phillies released right-handed reliever Chad Durbin and recalled left-hander Joe Savery from Triple-A Lehigh Valley. … Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper was out of the lineup on Friday for the fifth consecutive game with bursitis in his left knee. … The Cardinals optioned struggling pitcher Mitchell Boggs to Triple-A Memphis and called up rookie Keith Butler. … The Dodgers promoted reliever Peter Moylan from Triple-A Albuquerque, optioned right-hander Javy Guerra to the Isotopes and moved left-hander Scott Elbert to the 60-day DL.