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Stephen Strasburg hurts right forearm

Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo said starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg hurt the flexor tendon in his right forearm after throwing a changeup tonight in the fifth inning and that the club will evaluate him further after an MRI exam tomorrow in D.C.

"He strained it. It was a strain in is forearm," Rizzo said. "You're always concerned when your pitcher leaves in the middle of the game. We're going to see what the MRI says, and we'll react accordingly."

The injury took place while Strasburg was facing the Phillies' Domonic Brown and had him in a 1-1 count. After the next pitch, Strasburg winced and shook his right hand several times. That prompted a visit to the mound from teammates, a trainer, Manager Jim Riggleman and pitching coach Steve McCatty.

Riggleman said Strasburg told him his arm felt fine and that he wanted to remain in the game, but the manager continued the pattern of taking extra precautions with the team's rookie phenom and pulled him.

"After the initial feeling that he felt, by the time we got out there, he said, you know, 'I feel good. I don't even feel anything. Let me keep pitching,'" Riggleman said. "We just didn't choose to do that."

By Gene Wang  |  August 21, 2010; 10:27 PM ET
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Comments

Forearm is a heck of a lot better than an elbow. Thank God.

I would not be surprised at all if they shut him down for the season.

Posted by: Section505203 | August 21, 2010 10:46 PM | Report abuse

Let's hope it's not a "Shawn Hill forearm" injury.

We need him. If we have to shut him down for the rest of the season then let's do it. As an organization, we cannot afford to let him burn out on us...

Posted by: mharman1 | August 21, 2010 10:58 PM | Report abuse

They will be very careful with him, and if that means shutting him down for the year that is what they will do, and properly so. Hopefully just a minor thing though.

Posted by: NatsFly | August 21, 2010 11:00 PM | Report abuse

John Patterson. Shawn Hill. Matt Chico. Chad Cordero. Jordan Zimmermann. Jason Marquis. Now Stephen Strassburg? I think we need an exorcist.

Posted by: ammonite88 | August 21, 2010 11:23 PM | Report abuse

Yankees fans everywhere are holding their breath.

Posted by: noslok | August 21, 2010 11:24 PM | Report abuse

I'm on the same page with y'all. Well, I mean, of course I'm on this actual web page with you. But I meant, you know, I share your line of thinking. ;-)

Seriously, I would not be surprised if SS were shut down for the season, regardless of the results of tomorrow's MRI. We need him healthy for the long term, and we're not going anywhere this year, anyway.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | August 21, 2010 11:27 PM | Report abuse

Yankees fans everywhere are holding their breath.

Posted by: noslok | August 21, 2010 11:24 PM

That's just because they're in the Bronx

Posted by: Kev29 | August 21, 2010 11:28 PM | Report abuse

Thank goodness, the word, if it's accurate, is that Stras said he felt OK and wanted to stay in. If he had walked off grimacing in pain, it would be another story altogether.

Patterson and Hill are sad stories, for sure, but Chico and JZimm are back and should be of help.

I hope Stras pitches again in Sept.

Posted by: nats24 | August 21, 2010 11:49 PM | Report abuse

I'm kinda thinkin the next pitch he throws will be in Viera next spring, and thats ok by me.

Posted by: cokedispatch | August 22, 2010 12:19 AM | Report abuse

@ammonnite88:

You forgot Brian Lawrence. He was that innings-eater we got from Colorado in 2006, never missed a turn, showed up for a week in Nats ST, blew out his arm and never pitched again.

Up until Jason Marquis, I always labeled Brian Lawrence the Worst. Free. Agent. Signing. Ever.

But Marquis is obviously giving Sir Lawrence a run for our money.

Posted by: Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me | August 22, 2010 12:32 AM | Report abuse

@ammonnite88:

You forgot Brian Lawrence. He was that innings-eater we got from Colorado in 2006, never missed a turn, showed up for a week in Nats ST, blew out his arm and never pitched again.

Up until Jason Marquis, I always labeled Brian Lawrence the Worst. Free. Agent. Signing. Ever.

But Marquis is obviously giving Sir Lawrence a run for our money.

Posted by: Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me | August 22, 2010 12:32 AM | Report abuse

Sunshine, my recollection, and I could be wrong, is that the Nats traded Vinny C for Lawrence. He wasn't a free agency signing.

Posted by: nats24 | August 22, 2010 1:03 AM | Report abuse

Can you say "Kerry Wood" boys and girls?

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

Can you say "Kerry Wood" boys and girls?

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

Nats24 is correct. Lawrence, who blew out his elbow on the first bullpen session he threw (that's his story and he's sticking to it), for Vinny, who blew out his knee sometime a little later. Pretty much a wash both ways, there.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | August 22, 2010 12:16 PM | Report abuse

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