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Injury updates: Stras, E-Rod, Samardzija, Cespedes

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Here's a roundup of the latest injury news across the Majors.

Stephen Strasburg, Ryan Zimmerman and Sean Doolittle, Nationals
Strasburg will be activated from the disabled list to start Friday's series opener vs. the Braves at Nationals Park, manager Dave Martinez announced Tuesday. Zimmerman is also expected back at first base.

Here's a roundup of the latest injury news across the Majors.

Stephen Strasburg, Ryan Zimmerman and Sean Doolittle, Nationals
Strasburg will be activated from the disabled list to start Friday's series opener vs. the Braves at Nationals Park, manager Dave Martinez announced Tuesday. Zimmerman is also expected back at first base.

Strasburg completed his final Minor League rehab assignment on Sunday, striking out seven in 5 2/3 innings. Although he allowed three runs, none of them were earned. He has not pitched since June 8, when inflammation in his right shoulder forced him out of a game after two innings.

Zimmerman has been out even longer, with a strained right oblique keeping him sidelined since May 9. He began a Minor League rehab assignment on Monday, however, and if all goes well he will be activated Friday. Meanwhile, Doolittle (pinched nerve in left foot) played catch and is hopeful that his stint on the DL will not be lengthy. More > 

Eduardo Rodriguez, Red Sox
Rodriguez, who was placed on the 10-day disabled list Sunday, has "serious" ligament damage in his right ankle, according to Red Sox manager Alex Cora. The left-hander will not need surgery, but he'll wear a boot for two weeks before being re-evaluated.

Rodriguez suffered the injury Saturday when he collided with the Blue Jays' Lourdes Gurriel Jr. on a play at first base. More >

Jeff Samardzija, Giants
The Giants placed Samardzija on the 10-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation Sunday, marking his third trip to the DL with shoulder issues this season. The right-hander, who gave up two runs across four innings and 55 pitches Saturday vs. the A's, has posted a 6.25 ERA in 10 starts on the year. More >

Yoenis Cespedes and T.J. Rivera, Mets
Cespedes (strained right hip flexor) was scheduled to play five innings in left field in a simulated game Monday in Port St. Lucie, Fla. If all goes well, the Mets slugger could return from the DL on Friday at Yankee Stadium, where he could serve as the DH.

Sidelined since May 14, Cespedes is batting .255/.316/.474 with eight home runs and 28 RBIs in 37 games this season.

After experiencing pain in his right arm during a Minors rehab game Friday, Rivera, who is recovering from Tommy John surgery, is scheduled to fly to New York to be examined by team doctors. More >

Andrew Miller, Indians
Miller (right knee inflammation) was slated to begin a Triple-A rehab assignment Tuesday after throwing live batting practice Saturday. Miller, who has been on the DL since May 26, has also thrown four bullpen sessions since July 5.

Manager Terry Francona did not give a concrete timeline for Miller's return, but said the southpaw will likely require multiple rehab outings before being activated. More >

Jonathan Villar, Eric Thames and Junior Guerra, Brewers
The Brewers placed Villar on the 10-day disabled list Sunday with a sprained right thumb and recalled outfielder Brett Phillips from Triple-A Colorado Springs. Villar injured his thumb in Game 2 of Saturday's doubleheader when he slid into third base. Villar is the third Brewer to be placed on the DL this weekend, joining Thames (right hamstring) and Guerra (right forearm). More >

Josh Harrison, Pirates
Harrison exited Sunday's first-half finale after five innings due to left hamstring discomfort. The 31-year-old aggravated his leg while running out a fifth-inning ground ball, coming up limping down the line before hobbling back to the dugout. More >

Kevin Pillar and Lourdes Gurriel Jr., Blue Jays
Pillar exited Saturday's game against the Red Sox after making a diving catch in the third inning. He was diagnosed with a sternoclavicular (SC) joint sprain and was placed on the 10-day disabled list Sunday.

Video: TOR@BOS: Pillar gets injured on a superb diving catch

"There are a bunch of ligaments in the joint capsule there, and he stretched through it," Blue Jays head trainer Nikki Huffman said. "When we brought him out, you could see it. That's actually an emergency situation. If those go backward, instead of forward, it can be fatal. They can cut off your airway, they can cut off arteries, they can cut off nerves that go to your arm."

Pillar is expected to miss four to six weeks. More >

The Blue Jays also lost another player Sunday, placing Gurriel on the seven-day concussion DL following a violent collision at first base with Red Sox pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez during Saturday's loss to Boston at Fenway Park. More >

Francisco Liriano, Tigers
Liriano exited Sunday's game vs. the Astros after three innings with lower back tightness. The 34-year-old southpaw has not completed more than three innings in two consecutive starts, posting a 13.50 ERA in that stretch to push his season mark to 4.67. More >

Harrison Bader, Cardinals
Bader was removed from Sunday's game vs. the Reds in the second inning after sustaining a mild hyperextension of his left knee. Bader stumbled while rounding first base after hitting a two-out single, but he was able to walk off the field under his own power. More >

Video: CIN@STL: Bader stumbles rounding first, leaves game

Gary Sanchez and Gleyber Torres, Yankees
The Yankees expect to have Sanchez and Torres back shortly after the All-Star break.

Sanchez, who has been on the disabled list since June 25 with a right groin strain, was scheduled to begin a Minor League rehab assignment Sunday by catching seven innings for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Per manager Aaron Boone, the tentative plan is to have Sanchez behind the plate Friday vs. the Mets.

Meanwhile, the Yankees are targeting the July 23-25 series against the Rays for Torres' activation. The rookie second baseman has been sidelined since July 5 with a right hip strain. More >

Yu Darvish, Cubs
Darvish (right triceps tendinitis, elbow impingement) has been playing catch every other day and could throw a bullpen session next weekend if he continues to make progress.

The last time Darvish tried to throw off a mound was June 28, when he had to cut his bullpen session short due to pain in his right arm. He received a cortisone shot the next day.

"My sense is that he feels better and his arm is feeling good," general manager Jed Hoyer said of Darvish. "Our hope is that after the [All-Star] break, he can ramp it up. I have no reason to be pessimistic." More >

Arodys Vizcaino, Braves
Less than an hour before the start of Saturday's game against the D-backs, the Braves announced that Vizcaino was being placed on the 10-day disabled list due to inflammation in his right shoulder. Fellow right-hander Peter Moylan was activated from the DL in his place.

Vizcaino also missed two weeks in late June due to discomfort in that same shoulder, making Saturday's announcement a bit more concerning. A.J. Minter will likely see the bulk of the save opportunities in his absence, though Dan Winkler could get some chances as well. More >

Wilson Ramos and Matt Duffy, Rays
Ramos exited Saturday's game against the Twins after experiencing tightness in his left hamstring while running out a grounder. He was not in Sunday's lineup and wasn't able to play in Tuesday's All-Star Game, for which he was voted the American League's starting catcher. More >

Video: TB@MIN: Cash on Ramos' injury, missing All-Star Game

Duffy was scratched from Sunday's lineup with a sore right ankle. He twisted the ankle during an at-bat in Saturday's win over the Twins.

Zach Eflin, Phillies
Eflin was placed on the 10-day DL on Sunday, retroactive to Thursday, with a blister on his right middle finger, though he's confident the All-Star break will give it ample time to heal. Manager Gabe Kapler explained that the DL stint is precautionary.

"It's one of those things you have to take care of," Kapler said. "It's still there, and we want to be cognizant of the fact that we don't just need him for one start. We want to knock this out and be in a good position going forward." More >

Scott Schebler, Reds
Schebler exited Saturday's game against the Cardinals after he collided with the right-field wall while making a catch on Yadier Molina's fly ball. X-rays came back negative, but he was not in Sunday's lineup vs. St. Louis. More >

Video: CIN@STL: Schebler gets injured on a catch at the wall

Clay Buchholz, D-backs
On the disabled list since June 25 due to a strained left oblique, Buchholz threw three innings in a simulated game Friday. He is likely to begin a Minor League rehab assignment Thursday, though the D-backs have yet to announce the affiliate for which Buchholz will pitch. More >

Jakob Junis and Ian Kennedy, Royals
Junis, who went on the 10-day disabled list earlier this week due to back inflammation, is on track to return and start the Royals' second game after the All-Star break, manager Ned Yost said Saturday. Kennedy, on the DL due to a left oblique strain, is still another five to seven days from resuming baseball activities, according to Yost. More >