WASHINGTON (AP) — Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg has been scratched from his scheduled start against the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday night because of tightness in his forearm.
Washington manager Davey Johnson said Strasburg experienced tightness in his pitching arm while throwing in the bullpen Thursday in New York before Washington's game against the Mets.
"Well, yesterday after he threw in the 'pen, he was experimenting with another pitch, and I don't know if that caused his arm to get a little tight, stiffness in his right forearm," Johnson said.
"It's not down where they did the Tommy John (surgery in 2010). It's on the soft tissue on the top side of the forearm."
Johnson was asked if the team believed it was a muscular issue as opposed to involving a tendon or ligament.
"Yeah, it's muscular, soft tissue," he said.
Strasburg was examined by team medical director Dr. Wiemi Douoguih, and Johnson said the plan is for Strasburg to rest a few days, take medication and make his next start Sept. 19 against the Marlins.
"I feel pretty confident," Johnson said of the likelihood that Strasburg makes that start.
Johnson declined to say what pitch Strasburg was experimenting with and the pitcher was not in the clubhouse while it was open to the media prior to Friday's game.
Strasburg (7-9) went six innings in his last start on Sept. 8, allowing four runs and four hits in a win at Miami. He threw 94 pitches.
The Nationals, who have won six straight and trail the Reds by 5 ½ games for the final NL wild card spot, are opening a 10-game homestand against the Phillies. Ross Ohlendorf (3-0) will start in Strasburg's place.
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