Nationals’ Strasburg out with undisclosed arm injury

  • Meaghan Frazier

Washington Nationals will be out of their starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg for an undisclosed upper arm injury that occurred while he was practicing a new pitch. As of now, Strasburg is scratched from the line up for tonight’s game against the Phillies, confirmed by manager Davey Johnson. In his place is veteran Ross Ohlendorf.

A creditable source released that Strasburg had felt tightness in his upper arm in the bullpen in New York and was also rumored to have hamstring tightness close to 2 weeks ago. This season Strasburg has recorded a career-high 170 innings across 28 starts this year, went 7-9 with a 2.96 ERA and 1.04 WHIP. He owns a career 2.95 ERA in 421 1/3 innings since breaking into the big leagues in 2010. Manager Davey Johnson told media that it appeared to be a “soft-tissue” injury and said that the concern for the pitcher’s return was low.

Despite the Nationals making a late surge into the fringes for a Wild Card spot in the National League, the loss of Strasburg puts more added pressure onto the team. Strasburg’s next start will be on September 19th after he is completed with testing and a short series of rehab.

 

 

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