Washington manager Davey Johnson said Saturday an MRI showed a slight strain in Stephen Strasburg's right side, and the team is hoping the right-hander can avoid the disabled list.
Strasburg left Friday night's game against the Braves after two innings. Strasburg was examined in Washington on Saturday.
Johnson said the strain is ''kind of up his back on the right side. Maybe it will go away. It's a little different than if it were lower and on the side more.''
Johnson said there is no need to rush a decision on Strasburg's status for his next start on Thursday. The Nationals have an off day on Monday, and Johnson said Saturday Strasburg's next start could be pushed back if necessary.
''We'll see how he feels,'' Johnson said.
''If he's not having any discomfort and it's not grabbing him, he won't miss a start. But if it's bothering him he'll probably miss a start and see if it eases up for him an...