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Stephen Strasburg headed to disabled list

Updated 5:30 p.m.

Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg will be placed on the 15-day disabled list.

General Manager Mike Rizzo announced the move at Nationals Park. "We're going to place Stephen on the disabled list," he told reporters.

Rizzo said Strasburg, 22, was shaken by the news. "To say he's a little emotional, a little anxious, would be fair to say," Rizzo said.

Strasburg, who received an MRI exam Monday, strained the flexor tendon in his right forearm in his start Saturday in Philadelphia. His next scheduled start was this Thursday.

Nationals manager Jim Riggleman said Strasburg has not left DC for tests. "He's just been here," Riggleman said.

Strasburg was on the 15-day DL earlier this summer because of shoulder tightness.

Jordan Zimmermann will start, a source tells the Post's Adam Kilgore, in Strasburg's place.

By Cindy Boren  |  August 23, 2010; 4:30 PM ET
Categories:  Nationals , Stephen Strasburg  
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done for the rest of the season

Posted by: guest1 | August 23, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

True. Assuming this isn't season or career ending, the Nats would be utterly foolish to bring him back. Utterly. The season is dead, he might get four more starts in, it isn't worth the risk of another injury. Send him home.

Posted by: Nemo24601 | August 23, 2010 4:21 PM | Report abuse

I read somewhere (yes, I know, I know) that, under his contract, Strasburg's inning total next year was some function of innings pitched this year (minor and major). Any truth to this?

Posted by: bwjamin | August 23, 2010 4:35 PM | Report abuse

Before he can return to the roster apparently he has to pass some sort of conditioning test involving running 300 yards in 25 yard increments. Oh no, wait a minute, that's someone else . . .

Posted by: dcnationals1 | August 23, 2010 4:41 PM | Report abuse

I think that we are going to find out that someone has been less than truthful about his experiences in college.

First he admitted that sometimes he had problems getting loose and had inflammation in the shoulder. The after this injury he admitted that sometimes when he threw his change up he had this shooting pain in his forearm.

How much did Gywnn and Boras tell the Nats?

Posted by: MKadyman | August 23, 2010 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Shut him down. There is no reason to bring him back in September with the Nationals so far out of the playoff race.

Posted by: CJMARTIN04 | August 23, 2010 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Funny, didn't Riggleman have the exact same experience with Kerry Wood coming out strong and immediately starting his career on the DL about 15 years ago?

Posted by: mwade1 | August 23, 2010 5:00 PM | Report abuse

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