MLB notes: Strasburg scoffs at innings limit

National League pitcher Stephen Strasburg pitches against the American League during the MLB...

National League pitcher Stephen Strasburg pitches against the American League during the MLB All-Star Game at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Miss., July 10, 2012. (DAVE KAUP/Reuters)

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There is no limit to Stephen Strasburg's potential.

And, as far as the Washington Nationals pitcher is concerned, there is no limit to the number of innings he will pitch this season.

With Strasburg coming off Tommy John surgery, general manager Mike Rizzo said in the spring the 23-year-old right-hander would be limited to 160 innings.

Strasburg already has logged 99 innings just past the halfway mark of the season, on pace for 193. Asked by MLB Network Radio about being shut down at 160 innings, he replied: "They're going to have to rip the ball out of my hands."

Strasburg says he feels great and hasn't been approached about making fewer, or shorter, starts.

AGE KERFUFFLE LEADS TO BAN

Dominican teenager Jairo Beras has been suspended for one year by MLB for lying about his age, sources told Yahoo Sports.

However, his $4.5-million contract with the Texas Rangers has been upheld.

Beras signed in February with the Rangers, who said the outfielder was 17. Earlier in the month, Beras had shown MLB a birth certificate indicating he was 16 -- thus too young to sign a contract. He apparently reverted to his real age when the Rangers came calling with an offer greater than what is allowable now under the new CBA. As of July 2, teams are limited to a total of $2.9 million for signing bonuses for international amateurs.

Beras won't be able to play in the Dominican summer league, or any other league, until next July.

LESTER LIKES BOSTON

It seems the pot of controversy is always being stirred in Boston.

Whether it's beer in the clubhouse, or Josh Beckett golfing when he's hurt, or reports of the players disliking manager Bobby Valentine, the Red Sox rumour mill runs non-stop.

The latest talk is that pitcher Jon Lester wants out of Boston.

The 28-year-old left-hander is denying speculation that he would welcome a trade and says so on his Twitter account.

"Guys, I love Boston, very happy here. Nothing better than playing for the @RedSox, hope to be here for my entire career!"

CAPPS OFF THE DISABLED LIST

The Twins will reinstate closer Matt Capps from the 15-day disabled Friday before Minnesota is home to the Oakland Athletics.

Capps, who was sidelined with right shoulder inflammation, has pitched two innings in two rehab appearances at single-A Fort Myers.

The 28-year-old right-hander has a 1-4 record with 14 saves and a 3.42 earned-run average this season.

The Twins have optioned right-handed pitcher Kyle Waldrop to triple-A Rochester.

BRIEFLY

Pitcher Dillon Gee will undergo surgery Friday to replace part of a damaged artery in his right shoulder, putting his season in doubt, the New York Mets confirmed Thursday. Gee, who has felt numbness in the fingers on his right hand, is 6-7 with a 4.10 ERA in 17 starts this season ... St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Kyle McClellan has had season-ending surgery for a torn labrum in his right shoulder. He has been on the disabled list since May because of a strained right elbow ... Cleveland Indians pitcher Nick Hagadone has had surgery on his broken left forearm after a "self-inflicted injury," as Indians general manager Chris Antonetti put it. The Indians put the 26-year-old on the disqualification list after Hagadone apparently took out his frustrations on a solid object after getting knocked around in a relief appearance last Friday.


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