Strasbourg returns to the majors; Trout, Alonso seated

A preview of what’s happening around the majors on Thursday:

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HAPPY TO SEE YOU AGAIN

Nationals star Stephen Strasburg is set to pitch in the majors for the first time since June 1, 2021, when he started against the Marlins in Miami.

Strasbourg, who will turn 34 next month, have been out for most of the past two seasons. He underwent surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome last summer.

The 2019 World Series MVP made three minor league rehab starts prior to his debut. Washington manager Dave Martinez said he won’t put any limits on the right-hander.

“We’ll see how far we can take him. We’ll keep an eye on him,” Martinez said this week.

Strasburg signed a seven-year, $245 million deal to stay with the Nationals after their league season. He’s made seven starts since, going 1-3 with a 5.74 ERA in those games. The three-time All-Star is 113-61 with a 3.21 ERA in his career.

SITTING TROUT

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Mike Trout is listed day to day after the Angels star left a game due to a tightness in his left groin.

The three-time AL MVP was out of the lineup Wednesday night as the Angels hosted Boston and tried to break a 13-game losing streak, tied for the longest in franchise history.

“Certainly better than last night. He’s going to stay inside today, do a lot of treatments on him, and we’ll just see where that takes us in game time,” Angels athletic trainer Mike Frostad said. . “He doesn’t care. He’s very optimistic, moves pretty well and he’s in really good spirits.

No MRIs were planned, Frostad said.

Trout ended his career-worst 0-for-26 slump on Monday. He homered early on Tuesday, then winced as he missed a brace.

The outfielder is batting .284 with 14 homers and a .989 OPS. He missed the last 119 games of last season with a left calf injury.

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GOOD NEWS, NEW YORK

Mets stars Pete Alonso and Starling Marte have received promising diagnoses from injuries sustained in San Diego, and both players believe they could be back in days.

Alonso was hit in the right hand by a throw on Tuesday, but X-rays and a CT scan showed no breaks or fractures. The towering right-handed hitter, tied for the NL lead with 16 homers, is optimistic he won’t have to be on the disabled list. He’s waiting for the swelling to subside before planning his comeback, but he still called it “probably the best-case scenario.”

Marte left Tuesday’s game with a left cross but said on Wednesday he was feeling better and also hoped to avoid IL.

Neither player was in the lineup Wednesday for the series finale against the Padres. New York is off Thursday before opening a series at the Los Angeles Angels on Friday night.

CLOSING CHAIN

Dodgers left-hander Tyler Anderson (7-0, 2.59 ERA) pitched 26 straight scoreless innings before his matchup with Dylan Cease (4-2, 3.69) and the Chicago White Sox in the NBA Finals. an interleague series between teams with October expectations.

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Anderson, 32, can become the first eight-game winner in the majors. Colorado’s first-round pick in 2011, he hasn’t finished with an ERA below 4.35 since his 2016 rookie season with the Rockies.

HEAT

Braves left-hander Max Fried tries to earn his fourth straight start when he pitches at home against Pittsburgh.

Fried (5-2, 2.74 ERA) has allowed just three runs in 20 innings during his winning streak. He will face JT Brubaker (0-5, 4.70).

Off the court, Fried, 28, still has a salary arbitration hearing in the near future. The cases are generally decided now, but the schedule has been pushed back by the Major League Baseball lockout.

Fried asked for a salary of $6.85 million and the Braves offered $6.6 million. He pitched six shutout innings in the World Series Finals last year and is off to a strong start this season – by agreement between MLB and the players’ union, no stats or evidence after March 1 are admissible in the arbitration hearing other than contract and salary comparisons.

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