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WASHINGTON (AP) - Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg has been scratched from his scheduled start against the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday night because of tightness in his forearm.
“Well, yesterday after he threw in the pen, he was experimenting with another pitch, and I don’t know if that caused his arm to get a little tight, stiffness in his right forearm,” Johnson said.
“It’s not down where they did the Tommy John (surgery in 2010). It’s on the soft tissue on the top side of the forearm.”
The Nationals are opening a 10-game homestand with Ross Ohlendorf (3-0) starting in Strasburg’s place.
“As I was going outside to watch him throw he was coming back in,” pitching coach Steve McCatty said. “He said his arm kind of, it was, you know, he felt like he couldn’t throw, couldn’t get loose. So we waited until afterwards and tried it again, and it just didn’t feel good. So nobody wants to push it.”
Johnson was asked if the team believed it was a muscular issue as opposed to involving a tendon or ligament.
“Yeah, it’s muscular, soft tissue,” he said.
“I was standing there, OK? All pitchers play with grips all the time,” McCatty said. “When they play catch, you turn the ball different ways, you put pressure on a finger, whatever you do, you’re messing around. That’s all he was doing. Not trying to turn it over. But just throwing a certain pitch. And he didn’t throw that many.”
McCatty was uncertain if that’s what caused the tightness.
“I don’t know if that’s it or not,” he said. “You know, guys throw, they get irritation. It’s unfortunate that it’s him because it now becomes, `Oh my God, we landed on the moon.’ So that’s what it was. He’s got some irritation.”
Strasburg (7-9) went six innings in his last start on Sept. 8, allowing four runs and four hits in a win at Miami. He threw 94 pitches.
The Nationals have won six straight and trail the Reds by 5 1/2 games for the final NL wild card.
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