According to reports out of Milwaukee's Miller Park this afternoon, 27-year-old Washington Nationals' starter Stephen Strasburg will miss his scheduled start on Sunday after telling reporters on Friday that he thought he would be able to return to the mound for the series finale with the Brewers.
He missed a scheduled outing in Los Angeles earlier this week as well.
Strasburg explained how he suffered what was originally diagnosed as an upper back injury which eventually led to a rib issue and him having his ribs "popped back in place."
"It was just kind of some freak thing I must have done in the weight room," Strasburg told reporters, as quoted by MASNSports.com's Pete Kerzel. "I don’t know why, but it just kind of threw everything out of sync."
He did, however, say yesterday that he thought he would be good to go tomorrow.
"I think that’s the plan, yes. Everything felt good in the bullpen, so I assume that’s the plan," Strasburg said.
Nats' GM Mike Rizzo talked about the issue earlier this week in an interview on 106.7 the FAN in D.C.'s The Sports Junkies, explaining how the injury originally happened.
"It happened two days prior to his start when he was working out," Rizzo said. "He felt something but went through his regiment and prepared for the game."
"It was more of a knot type of thing in his upper back than anything else."
"He went out and did his pregame ritual to prepare to pitch and he said he still felt it and we just said that it's not worth the risk to have him pitch through something like that."
The flare-up will now cause him to miss his second straight start. Tanner Roark will get the nod tomorrow instead.
Strasburg will not start Sunday. Upper back issue flared up. Roark will start instead— Pete Kerzel (@masnPete) June 25, 2016
Stephen Strasburg will not start tomorrow. Felt discomfort again. It'll be Tanner Roark on normal rest tomorrow. No word of roster move yet— Dan Kolko (@masnKolko) June 25, 2016
Stephen Strasburg will not make start on Sunday, as previously expected. Roark will go.— Roman Stubbs (@romanstubbs) June 25, 2016