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The Washington Nationals have scratched Stephen Strasburg from Friday's start against the Philadelphia Phillies with forearm discomfort. The news comes out of nowhere as the Nats had given no indication Strasburg's start was even in doubt prior to Friday afternoon. The issue is reportedly with Strasburg's forearm, but in the soft tissue rather than the ligament. James Wagner of the Washington Post was the first to announce the news.
Appears Stephen Strasburg has been scratched and Ross Ohlendorf is starting instead.
— James Wagner (@JamesWagnerWP) September 13, 2013
Per Davey, Stephen Strasburg felt discomfort on top of forearm (in soft tissue) while playing catch on Sunday. Examined by doctors.
— James Wagner (@JamesWagnerWP) September 13, 2013
Manager Davey Johnson said that he was 'pretty confident' that Strasburg would be able to make his next start on September 19th and did not seem to think the injury was serious. The fact that it is on the opposite side to the ulnar collateral ligament should dispel any fears that this is related to Strasburg's Tommy John surgery.
Strasburg, 24, has pitched very well despite his 7-9 record, with a 2.96 ERA, 1.04 WHIP and 181 strikeouts in 170 innings. He ranks in the top 10 in baseball in both strikeouts per nine and fewest hits given up per nine.
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