Mike Leake will miss a turn in the rotation for the San Francisco Giants because of a strained left hamstring.
Acquired from Cincinnati last week, Leake was scheduled to make his second start for the Giants on Friday. Instead, Ryan Vogelsong will pitch against the Chicago Cubs.
Manager Bruce Bochy said Leake felt the strain in a pregame conditioning session during the recent series at Atlanta. An MRI exam showed no major structural damage. Bochy was unsure if the injury would force Leake — 9-6 with a 3.52 ERA — to miss more than the one start.
Strasburg to return Saturday
The Washington Nationals have decided that Stephen Strasburg will start against the Rockies on Saturday, according to Manager Matt Williams. Strasburg has been on disabled list for a little more than a month because of a left oblique strain.
With Strasburg back in the rotation, the team decided that right-hander Doug Fister will be the long man out of the bullpen and Joe Ross will remain in the rotation.
Kyle Lohse was removed from the Milwaukee Brewers' pitching rotation on Thursday after struggling for most of the season.
The 14-year veteran, who is 5-13 with a 6.31 ERA, was scheduled to start Friday against St. Louis. Lohse, who will be a free agent at the end of the season, will be replaced in the rotation by Tyler Cravy (0-2, 3.60 ERA). Cravy was recalled Wednesday from Triple-A Colorado Springs. ...