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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."

By Gene Wang  |  August 22, 2010; 12:34 AM ET
Categories:  Stephen Strasburg  
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Oh, gosh. A pop? That would be real bad.

Posted by: nats24 | August 22, 2010 1:07 AM | Report abuse

Well, I'm not going to get all spun out over a second-, no, third-party account. (Did Victorino ever play a doctor on tv, btw?)

Let's wait and see what the MRI and the docs day.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | August 22, 2010 6:48 AM | Report abuse

Uh, *say.* Where's my coffee?

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | August 22, 2010 6:49 AM | Report abuse

The only pop the ump heard was the ball hitting Pudges glove after SS thre that pitch. Shut-up Blue and leave the diagnosis to the folks at the Washington Hospital Center or Dr Andrews (oh lord no!)

Can it be, SS really is the fictional "Man with the Glass Arm"?

Posted by: TippyCanoe | August 22, 2010 9:10 AM | Report abuse

I wish philly fans were as classy as the players. I pray that SS is ok.

Posted by: mojolewis2003 | August 22, 2010 10:28 AM | Report abuse

Big Deal. This isn't news.

All comments from all sides is nada until the MRI. If you believe for a second that SS really said he wanted to stay in, then you didn't see him call out the staff and trainer after that wince!

Posted by: mo_dc | August 22, 2010 10:53 AM | Report abuse

Yes, I also like Philly as a team and enjoy watching them play. Hope they make a run at the Braves, but not at our expense. They get the same abuse from their animal house fans, many of whom left after the Bernadina home run with the heart of their order coming up in the 9th.

Posted by: Natmeister | August 22, 2010 11:00 AM | Report abuse

As sad as it is to say this, shut the kid down for the rest of the season. It's not worth the risk.

Posted by: NatsLubber | August 22, 2010 11:09 AM | Report abuse

Tweeted first last night (I think) by Gene Wang "Apparently an umpire told Shane Victorino he definitely heard a pop on the pitch that forced Strasburg from the game." So I keep wondering, has anyone actually talked to Brian O'Nora? All I've seen is Victorino saying that O'Nora said etc. And where was Victorino during the at bat? Evidently he didn't hear a pop himself. So now people are reporting the Victorino quote as news itself - without checking with the supposed 'source' (O'Nora)? News reporting via Twitter - gotta love it.

Posted by: PostIDJYP | August 22, 2010 11:22 AM | Report abuse

I can believe that after the original pain subsided, Strasburg could have said that he felt OK and wanted to continue. If so, Riggleman turned down his offer and told he was done for the night. IF the MRI is negative AND there is no subsequent discomfort, I think SS misses one start.

Posted by: bertbkatz | August 22, 2010 11:54 AM | Report abuse

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