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WASHINGTON (AP) - Nationals rookie right-hander Stephen Strasburg says he first felt tightness in his pitching shoulder “a couple days ago” and chalks it up to “kind of hitting the wall a little bit.”
A day after being scratched minutes before what was supposed to be the 10th major league start of his much-hyped career, Strasburg says Wednesday he feels “a lot better” and his range of motion is “starting to come back.”
Strasburg took anti-inflammatory medicine Wednesday and will go at least two days without throwing at all. It’s not clear when he will next pitch in a game.
THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP’s earlier story is below.
WASHINGTON (AP) _ The first hiccup of Stephen Strasburg’s much-hyped major league career came during a pregame warmup session on the home bullpen mound at Nationals Park.
“I just said, ‘Well, how’re you feeling?’ He said, ‘I feel stiff. My shoulder’s stiff,’” McCatty recalled hours later Tuesday night.
“I said, ‘How bad?’ He said, ‘It’s just stiff, but I can get loose.’ I said, ‘Uh, no.’ And that was it,” McCatty continued.
McCatty immediately relayed that exchange to Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo, who wasted no time in declaring that Strasburg would be scratched from what was supposed to be his 10th start in the majors.
Instead of facing the Atlanta Braves, Strasburg was checked by a team doctor and sent for an MRI and X-ray. Rizzo said none of the tests showed structural problems, and that Strasburg was diagnosed with inflammation in his rather valuable right shoulder.
“No cuff damage. No labral damage,” Rizzo said, “so that’s good news.”
“We’re still not sure where he’s at,” the GM said.
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