Washington – Stephen Strasburg was scratched from his start Tuesday night against the Braves with shoulder stiffness in a move that was announced just five minutes before the start of the game.
Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said Strasburg had trouble getting loose in the bullpen prior to the game, and he made the decision to scratch him as a precautionary measure. Strasburg had told pitching coach Steve McCatty after about 5-7 warm-up pitches he was feeling stiff.
An MRI taken on Strasburg during the game revealed no structural damage. He was diagnosed with shoulder inflammation and is considered day-to-day.
Long reliever Miguel Batista made the start in Strasburg’s place. He pitched five shutout innings in a 3-0 win over the Braves.
Strasburg has gone 5-2 with a 2.32 ERA in nine major league starts since he burst onto the scene in early June. The rookie phenom was scratched from what would have been his second start against the Braves, who scored four runs on him (three earned) in a 5-0 win on June 28 in Atlanta.