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Strasburg throws but offers no update

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Strasburg throws but offers no update

Stephen Strasburg played catch on the field at Nationals Park following Wednesday's win over the Marlins, but the right-hander offered no update on how he felt one day after experiencing shoulder discomfort during his shortest start of the season.

Strasburg, who was due to meet with a chiropractor during the day Wednesday, walked through the Nationals clubhouse shortly after the team's 7-5 matinee victory alongside manager Matt Williams, pitching coach Steve McCatty, head athletic trainer Lee Kuntz and physical therapist Angela Gordon. He then went down to the field with McCatty, Kuntz and a bullpen catcher for a brief throwing session.

Strasburg declined to take questions from reporters after returning to the clubhouse, with a team spokesperson saying there was no new information to share and that the pitcher's condition was still being assessed.

Speaking after his 3-inning start Tuesday night, in which he visibly grimaced after several pitches, Strasburg described his discomfort coming from underneath his shoulder blade, something that could be fixed with an adjustment from a chiropractor. He said he's had chiropractic work done before.

"I've done it before," he said. "I think it's probably just something that, for one reason or another, probably creeps up in there sometimes. I've just got to get it fixed and hopefully get back out there for the next one."

Strasburg is scheduled for now to make his next start Monday at Arizona, though the Nationals could pitch Max Scherzer on normal rest that night if needed.

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Washington Nationals Roundup: Stephen Strasburg saves Nationals from series sweep

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Washington Nationals Roundup: Stephen Strasburg saves Nationals from series sweep

With 11 strikeouts and only two hits in eight innings, Stephen Strasburg contained the Marlins to nothing as the Nationals won 5-0 in Miami. Here are the latest news and notes after Sunday’s victory.

Player notes:

Anthony Rendon remains day-to-day after being hit on his left elbow by a pitch Saturday. He left Saturday’s game and missed Sunday’s outing as well. Howie Kendrick, his replacement thus far, finished the series against Miami going 1-for-3 with a single RBI.

Stephen Strasburg posted double-digit strikeouts for the first time this season (11). Strasburg dropped his ERA by almost 1.5 runs, and is expected to start next against the Padres. That series begins Friday, April 26.

Ryan Zimmerman went 2-for-4 with two home runs. He tallied two RBIs as well.

Injuries:

3B Anthony Rendon: Elbow hit by pitch, day-to-day

RP Austen Williams: Shoulder, 10-day IL

RP Justin Miller: Back, 10-day IL

SS Trea Turner: Finger, 10-day IL

RP Koda Glover: Elbow, 10-day IL

Coming Up:

Monday, 4/22: Nationals @ Rockies, 8:40 p.m. ET, Coors Field

Tuesday, 4/23: Nationals @ Rockies, 8:40 p.m. ET, Coors Field

Wednesday, 4/24: Nationals @ Rockies, 3:10 p.m. ET, Coors Field

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3 things to watch when the .500 Nationals head to Colorado

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3 things to watch when the .500 Nationals head to Colorado

The Nationals face the Rockies at Coors Field for the first half of this work week. Here are three things to watch for:

  1. Can the Nationals stay above .500? Stephen Strasburg’s impressive start along with Ryan Zimmerman’s two homers and two RBI kept Washington from being swept by the lowly Marlins.

  2. Who will produce with Anthony Rendon out? While the Nats 3B was sidelined with an elbow injury after being hit by a pitch in Saturday’s outing against the Marlins, Howie Kendrick started in his place. Kendrick went 1-for-3 vs Miami with one RBI and one strikeout. In terms of replacing Rendon’s hitting prowess, Victor Robles has started a streak of his own. The youngster is hot on a seven game hit streak, including a bunt over the infield Sunday.

  3. Will the Nationals ever sure up their end game? Yesterday’s ninth inning was on the brink of disaster. Kyle Barraclough allowed back-to-back walks, then Sean Doolittle loaded the bases. Luckily for the Nats, crisis averted.

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