Strasburg had allowed one hit, two walks and struck out three in 3 2/3 scoreless innings before exiting. He left the field after coming up in pain on a series of pitches, signaling something was wrong with his left side in the rib cage area. After a discussion with manager Matt Williams, pitching coach Steve McCarthy and a trainer, Strasburg headed for the dugout, reports the Washington Post. He was replaced by Tanner Roark with the Nationals up 3-0.
Saturday marked Strasburg's third start since returning from a nearly month-long stint on the disabled list with back and neck problems. He was 2-0 with a 1.50 ERA in his last two starts.
- Jeremy Woo