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Nationals' Stephen Strasburg back on 10-day disabled list, per report

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Nationals' Stephen Strasburg back on 10-day disabled list, per report

Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg is being placed back on the 10-day DL retroactive to July 22, according to MLB.com's website and first reported by Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post.

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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Stephen Strasburg returns to Nats lineup after DL stint

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Stephen Strasburg returns to Nats lineup after DL stint

Friday night marks the first second-half game of Major League Baseball's 162-game season. 

The Washington Nationals begin 5.5 games out of the first-place Phillies and host the second-place Braves for a three-game series before traveling to Milwaukee. 

One big piece to Dave Martinez's staff who has been missing since June 8 is Stephen Strasburg. The right-hander was activated from the DL and will start on the mound Friday night. 

Ryan Zimmerman was also activated but is not in Martinez's starting lineup. 

Prior to experiencing inflammation in his right shoulder during a June 8 start that forced him out of the game early, Strasburg saw flashes of dominance throughout his 13 starts owning a 3.46 ERA with 10.6 strikeouts per nine innings. 

Zimmerman hasn't played since May 9 due to a strained right oblique. With the emergence of Matt Adams, it will be interesting to see how Martinez uses both guys throughout the summer. 

Here is a look at Friday night's official lineup: 

According to Byron Kerr, Zimmerman is still happy to be back, despite not being in the starting lineup. 

Catch the Nationals hosting the Braves Friday at 7:05 p.m. on MASN2. 

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Stephen Strasburg leaves game with trainer, as Nats are held to two hits

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Stephen Strasburg leaves game with trainer, as Nats are held to two hits

ATLANTA -- Mike Foltynewicz pitched a two-hitter for his first career complete game, Dansby Swanson broke the game open with a three-run homer in the seventh and the Atlanta Braves beat the Washington Nationals 4-0 on Friday night.

Foltynewicz (5-3) retired 20 straight batters before issuing a leadoff walk in the eighth to outpitch Stephen Strasburg, who left the game with apparent discomfort in his left wrist after 6 2/3 innings.

The first-place Braves, winners of five of their last seven, moved 1 games ahead of the Nationals in the NL East.

A night after Sean Newcomb pitched seven strong innings to snap Washington's six-game winning streak, Foltynewicz was even better as he improved to 3-1 with a 0.56 ERA in his last five starts. He struck out 11 and walked one, throwing 73 of his 106 pitches for strikes.

Foltynewicz allowed a second-inning single to Bryce Harper, then set down 20 straight Nationals before Juan Soto walked in the eighth. He closed it out in the ninth by striking out pinch-hitter Michael Taylor, getting Wilmer Difo to ground out, allowing a single to Trea Turner and striking out Harper to end it.

The Braves got all the runs they needed with four the seventh off Strasburg (6-5).

Nick Markakis singled, advanced to third on Kurt Suzuki's single and scored when first baseman Matt Adams booted Johan Camargo's grounder. Adams was trying to field the ball and throw out Markakis at the plate when the ball bounced off his glove and Adams inadvertently kicked it.

With runners on first and second and no out, Strasburg struck out Preston Tucker before Swanson hit his fourth homer into the left-field seats. He struck out Foltynewicz, then stepped back, placed his glove on the mound and called for a trainer. Strasburg left the game flexing his left wrist.

Strasburg allowed seven hits and four runs -- three earned. He struck out 10, the third time this year he's racked up double-digit strikeouts and the 39th time in his career.

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