Nationals' Stephen Strasburg to undergo MRI after leaving start with elbow injury

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Nationals ace Stephen Strasburg leaves game with apparent injury
Thursday September 8th, 2016

In his return from the disabled list, Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg left Wednesday's game against the Braves due to an injury which appeared to be serious.

After the game, Nationals manager Dusty Baker said Strasburg felt pain in the back of his elbow and that he would undergo an MRI exam on Thursday.

Strasburg was humming through 2 1/3 innings when he fired an errant fastball and grimaced in pain on three straight pitches, clenching his fist. Lefthander Sean Burnett came on in relief of Strasburg with a runner on second and one out in a 1–0 game. The Nationals went on to win the game, 5–4, in 11 innings.

Baker said the team was hopeful that Strasburg's elbow injury was minor.

"He did everything that was asked of him. He was cleared. He wasn't trying to be a hero. He said that he felt fine. But a lot of times you really don't know until you get into action," Baker said. "We thought everything was fine, because [catcher Wilson] Ramos said he was throwing the heck out of the ball. He said his changeup was outstanding, and he had good command. And usually if something's wrong, you don't have command."

The righthander went on the disabled list on Aug. 23 with a sore right elbow.

After starting the season 15–1, Strasburg allowed 19 runs over his final three starts before being shelved. He was tagged for nine earned runs over 1 2/3 innings in his last start, a loss to the Colorado Rockies on Aug. 17.​

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