SYRACUSE CHIEFS

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Stephen Strasburg will begin a minor league rehab assignment on Wednesday with the Triple-A Syracuse Chiefs in what amounts to a significant step in his recovery from a strained left oblique.

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At 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Matt Grace was at NBT Bank Stadium in Syracuse, wearing his Chiefs uniform, looking forward to a matinee against Rochester that would begin 30 minutes later.

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The Nationals made a trio of roster moves on Monday, sending outfielder Brian Goodwin and pitchers Sammy Solis and Felipe Rivero to the minors.

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The Nationals made several minor roster moves this weekend, including sending right-hander Taylor Hill and infielder Jeff Kobernus to Triple-A Syracuse.

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