Strasburg likely headed to disabled list

Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg is likely headed to the 15-day disabled list because of a strained flexor tendon in his right forearm, according to a baseball source.

The team may not make the move until Thursday, when he is scheduled to make his next start.

Strasburg hurt the forearm on Saturday in an 8-1 victory over the Phillies. With the Nationals leading, 5-1, with one out in the fifth, Strasburg was facing Phillies outfielder Domonic Brown. On a 1-1 pitch, Strasburg threw a ball, but was grimacing in pain after the pitch and shaking his right arm. 

Strasburg then motioned the trainer to come to the mound. Riggleman, pitching coach Steve McCatty and head athletic trainer Lee Kuntz came to see what was wrong with Strasburg, who wanted to stay in the game, but left a few minutes later.

Strasburg threw 4 1/3 innings, allowing one run on two hits, striking out six batters and walking none. He threw 56 pitches, including 38 strikes.

It marked the second time Strasburg had to be shut down because of an injury. On July 28, Strasburg was scratched from his start against the Braves after experiencing shoulder stiffness during his warm-ups in the bullpen.

Instead, reliever Miguel Batista made the spot start for Washington. And he delivered with a brilliant effort, throwing five scoreless innings in his first start of the season as the Nationals shut out Braves, 3-0.

Strasburg, the No 1. overall pick in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft, was warming up just minutes before the game when McCatty and Kuntz noticed that something was wrong with the righty after eight pitches. Strasburg told McCatty that he was stiff but could pitch in the game.

Riggleman and general manager Mike Rizzo were informed about Strasburg’s problem, with Rizzo pulling the plug on Strasburg’s start. Strasburg was placed on the disabled list the next day.

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