Nationals place Stephen Strasburg (oblique strain) on DL

The Washington Nationals placed righthander Stephen Strasburg on the 15-day disabled list with a left oblique strain on Sunday.
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The Washington Nationalsplaced righthander Stephen Strasburg on the 15-day disabled list with a left oblique strain on Sunday.

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.

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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.

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The Nationals entered Sunday 45–36, 4 1/2 games up in the NL East, and looking for a series sweep of the Giants.

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