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Stephen Strasburg has strained flexor mass; UCL intact according to Nationals’ trainer

The Washington Nationals updated reporters on Stephen Strasburg’s status this afternoon with team trainer Paul Lessard reporting he has a flexor mass strain.

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According to reports from the nation’s capital this afternoon, where Washington Nationals’ trainer Paul Lessard met with reporters, results of an MRI on Stephen Strasburg’s elbow revealed no damage to the ulnar collateral ligament.

Lessard told reporters that Strasburg has a strained flexor mass, which he said was not a season-ending injury. He wouldn’t, however, offer a timetable for a potential return.

Strasburg wasn’t around to talk to reporters after he left last night’s start with a right elbow issue.

“He didn’t stick around cause he’s just both frustrated and upset,” Nationals’ skipper Dusty Baker explained.

Strasburg returned from the DL after experiencing soreness in his right elbow, but lasted just 2 13 innings before he experienced discomfort in the elbow.

“He felt a pinch in the back of his elbow. Doctors evaluated him and we’re going to send him in for an MRI tomorrow,” Baker said.

Strasburg, of course, had Tommy John surgery in 2010, after he injured his elbow in a start against the Philadelphia Phillies.

Baker didn’t have much information for reporters last night, but he did say that he did not think it was the same issue that landed Strasburg on the DL last month.

“I don’t think so. They said it was in the back of the elbow. So, I can’t address that,” Baker said.

“We’re hoping that it’s something minor, but again we’ll find out tomorrow.”

Strasburg’s rotation-mate, Max Scherzer, said the same in an interview with 106.7 the FAN in D.C.’s Grant Paulsen and Danny Rouhier this afternoon, telling them that they were hoping for the best.

Here are the reports from the brief press conference with the Nationals’ trainer: