Washington Nationals' starter Stephen Strasburg was through 3 ⅔ scoreless against the San Francisco Giants when he felt something "grab" him on his left side after he delivered a pitch to Buster Posey.
"Don't really have an explanation," Strasburg told reporters after the game. "Everything felt good and then just threw a pitch to Posey there, he grounded out and I felt it grab."
After a visit from Nats' manager Matt Williams, pitching coach Steve McCatty and team trainer Lee Kuntz, during which Strasburg argued for staying in the game, he was lifted, which in hindsight, he said, was a good thing.
"I think I wanted to at least get through the inning and see if we could do something about," he explained, "but with how it feels right now I think it was the right move."
"He left the game with some tightness in his left side," Williams said after the Nationals' 9-3 win.
"So we'll continue to evaluate that, see how it is tomorrow, how he feels tomorrow, but given his season so far we're not going to take a chance there, so we'll see how he is tomorrow."
"I'm sure he'll talk more with the docs and training staff when he gets here tomorrow," Williams said, "and we'll continue to evaluate."
The Nationals announced this afternoon, that Strasburg was being placed on the DL with a left oblique strain three starts after the 26-year-old right-hander returned from a DL stint for tightness in his neck.
Strasburg worked on his mechanics, which were thrown off by an ankle injury suffered during Spring Training, while he was out, and the work paid off.
In three starts after he returned to the rotation, Strasburg was (2-0) with a 1.15 ERA, four walks, 18 Ks and a .161/.217/.232 line against in 15 ⅔ IP.
Taking Strasburg's place on the roster is 26-year-old right-hander Taylor Jordan, who has made two appearances for the Nationals this season.
In 11 starts and 63 ⅔ IP at Triple-A Syracuse this year, the sinker-balling starter was (2-4) with 2.97 ERA.
The #Nats have recalled RHP Taylor Jordan from Triple-A Syracuse & placed RHP Stephen Strasburg on the 15-day DL with a left oblique strain.— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) July 5, 2015