NATS’ STRASBURG SUFFERS INJURY TO RIGHT FOREARM
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.