He was placed on the 10-day DL back on June 10 with right shoulder inflammation and made his return July 20 in the Nats' 8-5 loss to the Atlanta Braves. The Friday matchup also brought a dugout argument between Strasburg and fellow pitcher Max Scherzer. While details as to why the two were involved in a bit of a scuffle was not revealed, Strasburg not feeling 100 percent could have been a reason.
It's being reported that a pinched nerve in Strasburg's neck is the reasoning behind this DL stint.
This certainly doesn't help the Nats' struggles as the three-time All-Star was slated to be the starting pitcher in Thursday's game vs. the Miami Marlins. The back-to-back NL East champions are currently 50-51, sit below .500 and are seven games back in the division with postseason hopes further in the rearview mirror with each passing day.
The 30-year old has a history of not wanting to pitch if he's not feeling completely himself, most recently during Game 4 of their 2017 NLDS game against the Chicago Cubs because he was feeling "under the weather." Strasburg decided otherwise and went on to help the Nat get the 5-0 victory.
This story was updated from its orignal publishing with the reasoning behind this DL stint.
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