In 2010, Stephen Strasburg started his season as a Washington Nationals farmhand and later in 2010 Robbie Ray would also become a Washington Nationals’ farmhand. The hard throwing lefty was drafted by the Nationals in the 12th round of the 2010 MLB June Amateur Draft out of Brentwood High School in Tennessee. Ray was then traded in the Doug Fister deal and then subsequently traded to the Diamondbacks where he struggled going late in games, but this year Ray has figured it out. Both Strasburg and Ray were part of the 2017 NL All-Star team.
Now Ray and Strasburg will match-up in this game where the winning team will claim this series, and the Nationals can do no worse than split in the season series as the Nationals won 2-of-3 earlier in the season in Nats Park.
The Nationals made several roster moves due to a groin injury to Chris Heisey and he was placed on the 10-day DL. Ryan Raburn‘s grandfather passed away and he was put on the MLB bereavement list. Jayson Werth was moved to the 60-day DL in a procedural move to make room on the 40-man roster for Andrew Stevenson who was activated from Triple-A Syracuse, and catcher Pedro Severino was recalled from Triple-A Syracuse.
Mike Rizzo also told the media that Trea Turner will be in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday for an x-ray on his right wrist.
Washington Nationals at Arizona Diamondbacks
Stadium: Chase Field, 401 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, AZ 85004
1st Pitch: 4:10 pm EDT
TV: MASN2, FOX Sports – Arizona, MLB.TV
Nats Radio: 106.7 FM The Fan; SiriusXM® (Internet 869)
Line-ups (subject to change without notice):
- Brian Goodwin CF
- Wilmer Difo LF
- Bryce Harper RF
- Ryan Zimmerman 1B
- Daniel Murphy 2B
- Anthony Rendon 3B
- Adrian Sanchez SS
- Jose Lobaton C
- Stephen Strasburg RHP