Washington Nationals Put Stephen Strasburg On The DL With Lat Strain

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The Washington Nationals had a bullpen session scheduled for Stephen Strasburg this afternoon, but the right-hander never threw one. When Davey Johnson met with reporters this afternoon he announced that the right-hander would be placed on the DL.

Washington Nationals' GM Mike Rizzo talked about Stephen Strasburg this morning on 106.7 the FAN in D.C.'s The Mike Rizzo Show. The 24-year-old right-hander who left his last start after just two innings on the mound with what was later described as a Grade 1 strain of right lat muscle was scheduled to test things out in the bullpen this afternoon in Nationals Park. "We're going to take a look at him today," Rizzo told the show's hosts, Holden Kushner and Danny Rouhier. "He's going to make a little side session today about three o'clock and we'll find out where he's at and if he can make his start on Saturday or not." Strasburg played catch yesterday for the second consecutive day and told reporters, including the Washington Post's James Wagner that it was wait-and-see until he threw the side session and saw how it went:

"I can’t really count the chickens before they hatch," Strasburg said. "I just got to take it day by day and just how it feels. It’s going in the right direction. That’s the big thing."

Reports from Nationals Park today say that the side session didn't take place as the Nationals had hoped:

The Nationals' right-hander originally said he hoped he wouldn't have to miss a start at all, but the Nationals are apparently going to wait until there are no signs of the injury which the '09 no.1 overall pick said had bothered him as he warmed up before several of his last starts. No word on which pitcher will replace the Nats' no.1 starter in the rotation. More info when it is available.

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