Righthander Taylor Jordan was recalled from Triple A Syracuse to fill Strasburg’s roster spot.
Strasburg sustained the injury during Saturday’s 9–3 win over the San Francisco Giants at Nationals Park. After a series of pitches in the fourth inning, Strasburg signaled he was experiencing discomfort in his left rib cage area. Manager Matt Williams, pitching coach Steve McCatty and a trainer met Strasburg on the mound before he headed into the dugout.
Strasburg lasted only 3 2/3 innings before exiting, but allowed zero runs on one hit and two walks with three strikeouts. He was replaced by righthander Tanner Roark, who ultimately picked up the win.
Saturday’s start was Strasburg’s third since he returned from a nearly month-long stint on the disabled list with back and neck problems. Over 13 starts this season, the 26-year-old pitcher is 5–5 with a 5.16 ERA, 63 strikeouts and 18 walks.
Jordan made two appearances, starting one, for the Nationals in May and June, allowing 10 runs on 16 hits over 10 2/3 innings. At Syracuse this season, he is 2–4 with a 2.97 ERA over 63 2/3 innings.
The Nationals entered Sunday 45–36, 4 1/2 games up in the NL East, and looking for a series sweep of the Giants.
- Mike Fiammetta