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“He threw pretty well,” Rizzo said. “He’s feeling much better today. So… there’s not much concern.”

Meanwhile, center fielder Nyjer Morgan was scratched from Tuesday night’s lineup because of flulike symptoms. Interim manager Jim Riggleman hopes to have Morgan back in the lineup Wednesday.

Five to fall league

Rizzo revealed five of the six players the Nationals will send to the Arizona Fall League, including both of this year’s first-round draft picks: Stephen Strasburg and Drew Storen.

In addition to those two, Washington will send first baseman Chris Marrero, catcher Derek Norris and shortstop Danny Espinosa to the offseason league for top prospects, which runs from mid-October to late November. One more spot will be filled by a yet-to-be-determined reliever, with all six farmhands playing for the Phoenix Dirt Dogs.

Though teams are allowed to send only two players to the Fall League who have yet to reach Class AA, the Nationals are sending three: Strasburg, Norris and Espinosa. Strasburg, though, is allowed to attend because he’s on a major league contract.

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