Strasburg first felt a bit of irritation in his shoulder during his previous start against the New York Mets. It grew worse Tuesday, prompting him to exit Washington’s game against the Marlins after three innings.
Strasburg pitched only three innings and looked discomfortable on the mound, at one point prompting a visit from the team’s trainer. Washington went on to collect only three hits and lose, 2-1.
Washington leads Major League Baseball with 91 two-out hits, and entering Tuesday night, 21 of their past 42 runs had been scored with two outs in the inning.
Escobar recorded a career-high five hits, while Desmond his a two-run homer in the eighth inning. Washington scored four in the eighth to beat Miami, 6-4, in the series opener.
On Monday afternoon, Rendon met with team doctor Wiemi Douoguih and was diagnosed with a strained oblique muscle. The severity of the strain, and how long he will be out, is unclear.
Fister breezed through his latest dominant outing against the Mets, and the Nationals held on for their second consecutive 1-0 win over New York at Citi Field on Sunday.
Alex Rodriguez has matched Willie Mays for fourth on the career homer list by hitting No. 660, possibly setting up a legal showdown with the New York Yankees over a $6 million payment.
Strasburg overcame a rocky start, and the Nationals became the first visiting team to win at Citi Field this season, beating the Mets, 8-2, on Thursday night.
Zimmermann won for the first time in four starts and hit a three-run single to help the Nationals beat the Braves, 13-4, on Wednesday night.
If the Orioles and Major League Baseball really cared about fans, and if the Nationals were willing to put aside differences for the common good, games relocated to Tampa Bay could have been played close to home.
The game, an 8-2 victory for the Orioles over the White Sox, was played behind closed doors because of looting and rioting around Camden Yards that broke out amid tensions between residents and police.
Uggla drove in five runs, three on a home run in the ninth inning, to help the Nationals rally from the franchise’s biggest deficit to beat the Braves, 13-12, on Tuesday night.