Nationals putting two of their pitchers on DL

The Associated Press

WASHINGTON — The Washington Nationals placed right-handed pitchers Stephen Strasburg and Brandon Kintzler on the 10-day disabled list Sunday.

All-Star second baseman Daniel Murphy (right knee surgery) could be close to returning to the lineup. He rejoined the team Sunday, taking batting practice and fielding grounders.

Manager Dave Martinez said Murphy will accompany the team to New York, where they open a two-game series against the Yankees on Tuesday. The Nationals will play five straight games in American League parks where they’ll need a designated hitter.

Strasburg is 5-5 with a 3.46 ERA in 13 starts. He ranks fourth in the National League with 95 strikeouts. Kintzler is 1-2 with two saves, 13 holds and a 4.45 ERA in 31 appearances. Setup man Kintzler (right forearm flexor strain) left Saturday’s game against the Giants in the eighth inning with forearm tightness.

Mets’ bad break

NEW YORK — Yoenis Cespedes’ rehab assignment has been cut short after a setback, and the plummeting New York Mets aren’t sure when they might get their slugging left fielder back from a nagging hip injury.

Cespedes, on the disabled list since May 14 because of a strained right hip flexor, hit two doubles Saturday in his second rehab game for Double-A Binghamton but was removed early with tightness in his right quadriceps. He is headed to the team’s complex in Florida to try again to get healthy, manager Mickey Callaway said Sunday.

The Mets had hoped Cespedes would be back Tuesday night in Atlanta, but now there is no timetable for his return.