Posted September 19, 2013 on AP on Fox
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Last year, Stephen Strasburg was shut down by the Nationals during the stretch run and postseason because of an innings limit. The hard-throwing right-hander might not be able to help Washington's playoff push this season, too. Strasburg couldn't shake forearm tightness while trying to get loose for his start Thursday and, after the Nationals' 5-2 loss to the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday night, it was revealed he will be pushed back to Saturday. ''I don't really know why it's happening,'' said Strasburg, who will be replaced by Gio Gonzalez in the rotation. ''When it happens, it happens. It's like a strong cramp. So, I just think it would put us in a bind if I went out there and felt it.'' The Nationals are already in a bind. They entered Wednesday's game 4 1/2 games behind Cincinnati for the second NL wild card and now have just 10 games remaining. So, winning two of three from the Braves was bittersweet at best. ''That's just not enough,'' Washington manager Davey Johnson said...
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