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Strasburg leaves start with strained oblique
ATLANTA (AP) - Nationals ace Stephen Strasburg has a strained muscle on his right side and will return to Washington on Saturday to be examined by the team’s medical staff.
The right-hander grimaced after throwing a changeup to Brian McCann, the sixth batter he faced, with one out in the second inning.
Craig Stammen relieved Strasburg to begin the third. He allowed two hits and one run _ a homer by Freddie Freeman _ with no walks and two strikeouts.
Strasburg threw 23 of 37 pitches for strikes.
Washington shut down Strasburg on Sept. 7 last season to limit the workload on his surgically repaired arm, keeping him out of the NL playoffs. The top pick in the 2009 amateur draft, he underwent elbow ligament-replacement surgery on Sept. 10, 2010.
The 24-year-old Strasburg was making his 12th start of the season. He began the night 3-5 with a 2.49 ERA and 71 strikeouts in 72 1-3 innings.
After getting off to a slow start this year, Strasburg was 2-0 with a 1.17 ERA in his previous three starts.
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