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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Nationals Injury Update: Stephen Strasburg pulled early

By on 6/10/2014 05:30:00 AM

Washington Nationals manager Matt Williams told reporters after Monday night's 9-2 win over the San Fransico Giants that starter Stephen Strasburg had some "minor back tightness" and was pulled after six innings (88 pitches) in a lopsided game as a precaution, according to Dan Kolko of
When Strasburg left, the score was 9-1 and his line was one (earned) , four hits, seven strikeouts and no walks.
The last starter to issue a walk (and he only issued one) was Jordan Zimmermann (NL Player of the Week) on June 3, when he pitched eight shutout innings against the Philadelphia Phillies.

With Monday's win, Strasburg is now 6-4 in 14 starts, with a 2.99 ERA and a K/9  of 11.13 which leads all of MLB starters.

Strasburg, 25, was the first overall draft pick in 2009, and electrified fans with his debut on June 8, 2010 by striking out 14 Pittsburgh Pirates in seven innings. He underwent Tommy John sugery in September 2010, and missed the 2011 season. The Nationals famously shut him down after 161 innings in September 2012, a decision which stirred controversy as the young ace did not pitch in the postseason. In 2013 Strasburg went 8-9 with a 3.00 ERA. He is in his first year of arbitration ($3.98 million) and under team control through 2016.

  (Rose Ingberman) and read her blog Lady and the Nats
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