The Nationals have placed starter Stephen Strasburg on the 15-day disabled list with an upper back strain, MASN’s Dan Kolko reports. The move is retroactive to June 16, the day after the right-hander’s most recent start. Strasburg apparently suffered the injury while lifting weights. Strasburg was scratched from last Monday’s start against the Dodgers. The Nationals were hopeful he would be able to made his next scheduled start, which would have been Sunday afternoon against the Brewers. This a tough pill to swallow for the Nationals, who have lost seven games in a row. Strasburg is 10-0 with a 2.90 ERA and a 118/24 K/BB ratio in 93 innings this season. As Kolko notes, the Nationals could send
Ian Kennedy struck out 11 over seven innings, Kendrys Morales hit two home runs and the Kansas City Royals snapped the Houston Astros' seven-game winning streak with a 6-1 victory Sunday. After Royals starters Edinson Volquez and Chris Young were roughed up in blowout losses in the first two games of this series, Kennedy allowed one run and three hits with one walk. Kennedy (6-6) struck out his final four batters and finished one shy of matching his career best in strikeouts.