Phillies react to Stephen Strasburg's injury
According to Phillies center fielder Shane Victorino, home plate umpire Brian O'Nora told him he heard a pop on the pitch that forced Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg from the game with one out in the fifth inning of the Nationals' 8-1 win Saturday night.
Strasburg threw a change-up on a 1-1 count to Domonic Brown, then winced and shook his right hand several times. After a discussion on the mound that included Manager Jim Riggleman, pitching coach Steve McCatty and teammates, Strasburg exited the game with a 5-1 lead.
General Manager Mike Rizzo said afterward in the Nationals clubhouse that the injury was to the flexor tendon in his right forearm. Strasburg is scheduled for an MRI exam tomorrow, after which time the club will begin the process of deciding whether he'll make his next start on Thursday.
"It's a shame to see him hurt more than anything," Victorino said. "It sucks that he got hurt. Brian said he heard something pop."
When asked if he thought Strasburg would be done for the season, Victorino said: "He's gotta be. There's no way you're going to try to rehab this kid" this season.
Brown, however, had a differing account from O'Nora. The Phillies' right fielder and No. 7 hitter said he did not hear a pop.
"I just saw him grab his elbow," Brown said. "I hope it's nothing serious."
Ryan Howard, Philadelphia's slugging first baseman who was playing in his first game since coming off the 15-day disabled list and singled off Strasburg in the second, said he too saw the rookie phenom in distress right after the pitch.
"You never want to see anybody get injured," Howard said. "I don't know exactly what it was, but it looked like he had some kind of discomfort in his arm after he threw the pitch. Hopefully it's a speedy recovery."
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