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UPDATE: Stephen Strasburg diagnosed with shoulder inflammation

Jul 27, 2010, 9:59 PM EDT

UPDATE: Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said that an MRI and X-ray on Stephen Strasburg showed only inflammation in his right shoulder and no structural damage, reports Ben Goessling of He is currently listed as day-to-day.

7:34 PM: According to Mark Zuckerman of Nats Insider, Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo made the decision to pull the plug after Stephen Strasburg was having trouble getting loose.

The Nats are calling it precautionary, however Strasburg is scheduled to undergo an MRI and an X-ray, just to cover all the necessary bases. Whatever your team affiliation, let’s hope it’s nothing.

7:07 PM: According to Ben Goessling of, Stephen Strasburg has been scratched from Tuesday’s start against the Braves. The reason why isn’t immediately clear.

For those without the benefit of the MASN feed, Strasburg was warming up in front of Nationals pitching coach Steve McCatty before the game and it was pretty clear something just wasn’t right. Ivan Rodriguez could be seen consoling Strasburg before he left the bullpen mound. Miguel Batista came out to start Tuesday’s game, instead.

It’s disappointing for those who wanted to see Strasburg face Jason Heyward, but the Nationals aren’t going to gamble on the future of their franchise, not when they are 15 1/2 games out of first place in the National League East. We’ll pass along further information when it is made available.

  1. JBerardi - Jul 27, 2010 at 7:28 PM

    Beware the inverted W.

  2. jordanv - Jul 27, 2010 at 10:28 PM

    So he’s already hurt!! Once again the media’s “greatest pitching prospect of all time” is hurt!! Does the name Mark Prior ring a bell anyone?

  3. Florida727 - Jul 28, 2010 at 8:07 AM

    based on his performances to-date, this is really a shame. i no Nats fan, but i think he’s good for the game, and obviously good for the Nats. i hope it’s nothing serious. he’s fun to watch. good luck kid. here’s hoping it has no long-term effects.

  4. Jonny5 - Jul 28, 2010 at 8:18 AM

    He probably slept on it or something people. Chillll… He’ll be fine.

  5. w2lucky - Jul 28, 2010 at 10:21 AM

    Can you say David Clyde?

  6. Joker34 - Jul 28, 2010 at 1:54 PM

    I love all of these posts assuming that this is a permanent injury. Have you taken into consideration the fact that the Nats have pitched him every opportunity possible? The guy’s arm is going to swell up. Give him a couple of days. He will be back on the mound striking out your favorite team’s batters (thus including my favorite team’s batters as well).

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