Washington Nationals News: Stephen Strasburg’s status for Sunday still uncertain

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Jun 15, 2016; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg (37) pitches against the Chicago Cubs in the fifth inning at Nationals Park. The Nationals won 5-4 in twelve innings. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 15, 2016; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg (37) pitches against the Chicago Cubs in the fifth inning at Nationals Park. The Nationals won 5-4 in twelve innings. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports /
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Today’s District Daily has more on Stephen Strasburg’s status for Sunday’s start and how Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos has developed into one of the game’s best-hitting catchers.

Good morning DoD readers, and welcome to today’s District Daily. Start off your day with some great Washington Nationals news and opinions from around the web below.

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In today’s Daily, MLB.com’s Bill Ladson discusses Stephen Strasburg’s status for Sunday’s game against the Reds. Strasburg, who is on the disabled list with an upper back strain, could be activated in time to make his scheduled start on Sunday.

As Ladson writes, however, Strasburg’s status for Sunday remains unclear. The right-hander pitched a bullpen session without any problems on Thursday, but the team still doesn’t know if he’ll be ready to pitch on Sunday.

Here’s what manager Dusty Baker said about Strasburg, via Ladson’s article:

"“I spoke to Strasburg [Thursday], and he said he said he is feeling pretty good, so we’ll see,” Baker said. “We are not going to rush him by any means. We just ask him to be honest in his evaluation of himself.”"

Also in today’s Daily, the Washington Post’s Ben Raby discusses how Wilson Ramos has suddenly emerged as the best-hitting catcher in the game.

Be sure to check out both articles below, they’re definitely worth a read. And as always, stay tuned to DoD for all your Washington Nationals needs.

Strasburg’s status remains uncertain for Sunday

(Bill Ladson, MLB.com)

WASHINGTON — As of Friday afternoon, the Nationals were still uncertain if right-hander Stephen Strasburg would be able to pitch against the Reds on Sunday afternoon after dealing with an upper back strain.

Strasburg was scheduled to start this past Sunday against the Brewers, but he was placed on the disabled list instead because the back problems flared up during warmups the day before. Strasburg revealed that he popped two ribs out of place during a weight-training mishap last week, causing the back problems. Strasburg said that it was hard to breathe with the ribs out of place, and a chiropractor was called upon to fixed the issue. Read full article here.

Nationals’ Wilson Ramos has developed into MLB’s best hitting backstop

(Ben Raby, Washington Post)

Nearly six years removed from his Nationals debut, Wilson Ramos still thinks back to the advice he received as a star-struck rookie from 14-time All-Star Ivan Rodriguez.

“He preached to me that I become a good leader of the pitching staff and a good leader of the group,” Ramos said this week. “That was probably the one thing I picked up the most from him.”

Ramos has emerged as baseball’s best offensive catcher this season. Entering Thursday, he led the position in hitting (.339), OPS (.939) and RBIs (43), and was tied for the lead in home runs (12). Read full article here.

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