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MLB Notebook: Nationals to place Stephen Strasburg on DL, call up top prospect

Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg throws in the first inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds, Monday, July 17, 2017, in Cincinnati. (John Minchillo / Associated Press)
Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg throws in the first inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds, Monday, July 17, 2017, in Cincinnati. (John Minchillo / Associated Press)
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One day after expressing hope Stephen Strasburg would make his next start, the Washington Nationals will place the right-hander on the 10-day disabled list.

The official move will take place on Thursday and be retroactive to Monday with right-hander Erick Fedde being called up from Triple-A Syracuse. Manager Dusty Baker announced the plan following Wednesday’s 8-5 victory over Milwaukee.

“Backed up (Strasburg) just for precaution. He’ll miss one turn,” Baker said.

Strasburg left Sunday’s start after two innings with pain in his forearm that doctors later diagnosed as a nerve impingement. Baker did not have an update on Strasburg pregame, but said the Nationals were taking a big picture approach.

Strasburg is 10-3 with a 3.25 ERA in 20 starts.

Fedde, 24, will start Saturday against Colorado. Considered one of Washington’s top prospects, Fedde is 1-1 with a 5.57 ERA with Syracuse.

Brewers pick up Swarzak

The Milwaukee Brewers acquired reliever Anthony Swarzak in a trade with the Chicago White Sox.

The 31-year-old Swarzak is 4-3 with a career-low 2.23 ERA in 41 games this year. The right-hander got four outs for his first career save in Chicago’s 3-1 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Monday.

The rebuilding White Sox received minor league outfielder Ryan Cordell in Wednesday’s deal. The 25-year-old Cordell, an 11th-round pick by Texas in 2013, is batting .284 with 10 homers and 45 RBIs in 68 games with Triple-A Colorado Springs this year.

Rockies acquire All-Star Neshek

The Colorado Rockies obtained right-hander Pat Neskek from the Philadelphia Phillies for three minor league players.

The 36-year-old Neskek is 3-2 with a 1.12 ERA in 43 relief appearances for the Phillies. A two-time All-Star, Neshek has played parts of 11 seasons with six teams.

Colorado gave up right-handed pitchers J.D. Hammer and Alejandro Requena and infielder Jose Gomez. Requena, a mid-season All-Star with Class-A Asheville, is 8-3 with 2.85 ERA in 10 games this season.

Red Sox get Nunez from Giants

Infielder Eduardo Nunez was traded from the San Francisco Giants to the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday night for minor league right-handers Shaun Anderson and Gregory Santos.

The deal was finalized during San Francisco’s 11-3 win over Pittsburgh and announced after the game.

The 30-year-old hit .308 in 76 games with San Francisco this season and has reached base safely in 40 of his last 42 games.

Clearing the bases

All-Star left-hander Dallas Keuchel is set to rejoin the Astros’ rotation on Friday at the Detroit Tigers. The 2015 A.L. Cy Young Award winner has not pitched since June 2 due to a neck injury that sent him to the disabled list for the second time this year. He was 9-0 with a 1.67 ERA in 11 starts before going on the disabled list, leaving him at 10-1 this season. … The Cubs have cut left-hander Brett Anderson. The 29-year-old Anderson had been sidelined by a lower back strain. He was activated from the 60-day disabled list before Wednesday night’s game against the White Sox and then designated for assignment. Anderson went 2-2 with an 8.18 ERA in six starts. … White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia has a right thumb injury that will sideline the All-Star slugger for a couple weeks. He got an MRI on Wednesday that revealed a strained ligament. The 26-year-old Garcia has been one of Chicago’s bright spots during a difficult season, batting .303 with 13 homers and 54 RBIs in 88 games.

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