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WASH­ING­TON» The is­sue that caused Na­tion­als pitcher Stephen Stras­burg to exit early from his start Sun­day was nerve im­pinge­ment in his right fore­arm.

Al­though the Na­tion­als were off Mon­day, the team did not re­turn home from its West Coast road trip un­til early that morn­ing. As a re­sult, no test­ing was done on Stras­burg un­til Tues­day morn­ing, when a di­ag­nos­tic ul­tra­sound was per­formed. Ac­cord­ing to head ath­letic trainer Paul Les­sard, the ul­tra­sound re­vealed im­pinge­ment on the me­dial or in­side of Stras­burg’s right fore­arm. Be­cause the test showed no struc­tural dam­age, Stras­burg is not ex­pected to un­dergo an MRI.

On Tues­day af­ter­noon at Na­tion­als Park, be­fore Wash­ing­ton’s se­ries opener against the Brew­ers, Stras­burg played catch on flat ground in keep­ing with his rou­tine be­tween starts.

“I talked to him to­day,” man­ager Dusty Baker said be­fore Tues­day’s game. “He’s feel­ing good. When­ever some­thing hap­pens, es­pe­cially when you have a his­tory, ev­ery­body gets a lit­tle alarmed. But he’s not alarmed. He doesn’t look alarmed. He ac­tu­ally looks at ease and at peace, ac­tu­ally.”


The Car­di­nals placed right-han­der Adam Wain­wright and cen­ter fielder Dex­ter Fowler on the 10-day dis­abled list. Wain­wright’s DL trip is retroac­tive to Sun­day, as he is ex­pe­ri­enc­ing mid­back tight­ness. Fowler is out with a strained left wrist. … The Brew­ers bol­stered their bullpen Tues­day by ac­quir­ing right-handed re­liever Anthony Swarzak from the White Sox. Swarzak has a 2.23 ERA in 41 ap­pear­ances. He has struck out 52 in 48L in­nings.

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