On Friday night Stephen Strasburg left the mound with a shoulder issue that was diagnosed as right shoulder inflammation after an MRI. He’s headed for a stint on the Disabled List with a move for a replacement starter to come at some point.
On Saturday afternoon, Washington Nationals’ reliever Brandon Kintzler left the mound with a forearm issue after hitting a batter with a sinker that drifted way inside and surrendering a double that put two runners in scoring position in what was then a 7-5 game.
Kintzler motioned to the Nationals’ dugout immediately after giving up the line drive double to right by Buster Posey, and after a brief visit from the team’s trainer, Paul Lessard, Kintzler walked off the field flexing his right forearm.
“He’s got a tight forearm,” Davey Martinez told reporters after a win over the San Francisco Giants.
“So he’s going to get it evaluated by a doctor and get an MRI tomorrow.”
Martinez said it wasn’t an issue that he was aware of until Kintzler called for the trainer.
“No, he just told me. First time I’ve heard it was today.”
Kintzler told reporters today that he’d been dealing with tightness on and off for a few weeks, and thought he was past it.
Before the start of the finale with the Giants today, reporters spotted a locker set up for right-hander Trevor Gott in the Nationals’ clubhouse, and noted that Wander Suero had one too.
The Nationals made the latest roster moves official (nothing on Murphy though), recalling both Gott and Suero and placing both Strasburg (right shoulder inflammation) and Kintzler (right forearm flexor strain) on the 10-Day Disabled List.