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 MRI exam to see if anything more than a strained tendon in his forearm caused him to grimace after throwing a changeup in Saturday’s game at Philadelphia. Strasburg 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. The GM said the upcoming test will be done in the “next day or two” and will use an injection of dye that should render “a full view of what’s going on in there.”
For now, the Nationals are still calling Strasburg’s injury a flexor strain in his throwing arm. He had been scheduled to start again Thursday, but instead will find himself on the disabled list for the second time in less than a month. The Nationals are expected to soon make the move official.
YANKEES — Alex Rodriguez is confident he’ll be completely ready to return from the disabled list next week.
Then again, he kidded, maybe his New York Yankees aren’t in such a rush for his strained left calf to heal — the AL East leaders are 12-0 without the slugger in the lineup.
“I’m not concerned that I’m going to come back and come back strong,” a smiling Rodriguez said before Monday night’s game at Toronto. “My only concern the way things are going right now ... (general manager Brian Cashman) and Joe are going to bring me into the office and upgrade it to a 50-day DL.”
The third baseman is eligible to return Sept. 5 and manager Joe Girardi said Rodriguez will go right back into his regular spot, batting fourth.
TIGERS — It’s all up to Johnny Damon now: Play out the season in Detroit, or rejoin the Boston Red Sox for another playoff chase.
The Red Sox have claimed the 36-year-old outfielder on waivers from the Tigers, and Damon was deciding Monday whether to go. Once a fan favorite at Fenway Park, he’s been booed there ever since he defected to the rival Yankees.
Damon had a little time to make up his mind — teams have 48 hours to work out a deal.
“I’ve got a lot to think about,” he said before Detroit played Kansas City. “On top of everything else, I’ve got to be ready to hit a baseball tonight.”
REDS — Dusty Baker is prepared to take his time weighing an offer to manage Cincinnati again next season.
The Reds recently offered Baker a one-year contract extension for the 2011 campaign, but he has yet to give the club an answer and certainly wants to weigh his options.
“We just started talking,” Baker said.
TWINS — Minnesota left-handed reliever Ron Mahay is out for the rest of the season with a torn right rotator cuff.
The Twins got better news on right-handed starter Kevin Slowey, out with a mild muscle strain in his right triceps.
An MRI revealed no significant damage, and manager Ron Gardenhire said Slowey would be back in the rotation in a couple of weeks.
BREWERS — Milwaukee released right-handed relief pitcher David Riske, who has struggled since returning from last season’s elbow surgery.
MARLINS — Florida made big profits with baseball’s smallest player payroll in 2008-09, and team president David Samson says the income was needed to ensure being able to borrow money for a new ballpark.
Team financial statements acquired by Deadspin.com show the Marlins netted $49 million during the two seasons, with operating income of $37.8 million in 2008 and $11.1 million 2009.
TWINS — Minnesota is raising prices for most season tickets next season from 3 to 9 percent.
OBITUARY — Satch Davidson, the home plate umpire when Hank Aaron and Carlton Fisk hit two of baseball’s most famous home runs, has died. He was 75.