Despite the event taking place in his hometown of San Diego, Ca., Stephen Strasburg will not pitch in the 2016 All-Star Game on Tuesday night, Major League Baseball announced on Friday afternoon.
Max Scherzer will instead take his place on the NL roster, though with his next Nationals start coming on Saturday night, it's unlikely he will appear in the Midsummer Classic, either.
Strasburg recently returned from the disabled list after missing time with an upper back strain. He pitched on July 3 against the Reds and tossed 6 2/3 no-hit innings before he was removed due to a high pitch count.
Strasburg and the Nats want to play it safe given his recent injury. In order to pitch on Tuesday, Strasburg would also have to go on short rest with his next start set for Friday night against the New York Mets.
The Nationals now technically have five All-Star representatives, which sets a team record and ties the most ever sent by the franchise. Bryce Harper, Wilson Ramos and Daniel Murphy also earned the honors.
Strasburg (11-0, 2.71) was picked by the All-Star coaching staff to represent the Nationals and this past week said it would be an honor to pitch in the game. Some even wondered if he had a chance to start, given the game is taking place in his hometown and given he has been one of the best pitchers in baseball up until this point.
Scherzer (9-6, 3.21) is now an All-Star for the fourth consecutive season and his second with the Nationals.