LEADING OFF: Stress over Strasburg, buggy in Cleveland
A look at what's happening all around the majors Thursday:
The NL East-leading Nationals hope to find out more about ace Stephen Strasburg, a day after he exited in the third inning against Atlanta. He winced on the mound, then left early in his first start since Aug. 17 after being on the disabled list because of soreness in his right elbow. Manager Dusty Baker said Strasburg felt a pinch in the back of his elbow and would get an MRI.
The grounds crew in Cleveland will do its best to keep those irritating insects - the midges - from again descending on Progressive Field. The bugs, which notably interrupted a 2007 playoff game when Joba Chamberlain was pitching for the Yankees, were back in the ballpark Wednesday night when the Indians hosted Houston. The same teams finish their series in an afternoon start.
Astros shortstop Carlos Correa is back in Houston for tests on the inflammation in his left shoulder. He felt sore earlier this week and was sent home. Manager A.J. Hinch hopes to have the reigning AL Rookie of Year this weekend when Astros host the Cubs. Correa is batting .274 with 19 home runs and 90 RBIs for wild-card contenders.
TAKE IT EASY
Royals catcher Salvador Perez will get another day to rest his ailing right wrist. He was hit by a pitch from the Twins' Ervin Santana on Tuesday night and didn't start Wednesday. Kansas City is off Thursday, and manager Ned Yost hopes to have the World Series MVP behind the plate Friday night in Chicago vs. the White Sox.
Rays righty Alex Cobb makes his second start since returning from Tommy John surgery, pitching against CC Sabathia at Yankee Stadium. Cobb was out of the majors last year and came back last week, giving up two runs in five innings against Toronto in a no-decision.