Nationals place Stephen Strasburg on IL with shoulder inflammation

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It turns out there may have been an explanation for Stephen Strasburg’s disastrous last start.

The Washington Nationals placed the right-hander on the 10-day injured list due to right shoulder inflammation, which is retroactive to Thursday, causing him to be scratched from Sunday’s start against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Pablo Espinal was recalled from the alternate site to make the spot start in place of Strasburg.

Strasburg struggled in his previous start on Tuesday, allowing seven earned runs and eight hits along with five walks in four-plus innings in a 14-3 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals.

He barely touched 90 mph on the radar gun, too, which raised some alarms. He was also seen in the tunnel of the team’s dugout rubbing his shoulder, which Strasburg and manager Dave Martinez took issue with following the game.

“Quite honestly, that shot shouldn’t have been shown,” Martinez said, per ESPN. “So I’m a little perturbed about that. That camera is not supposed to be down in that tunnel.”

Added Strasburg: “I think it’s a joke, to be honest, that they shoot in the tunnel.  There’s got to be some sort of safe place in the stadium. I’m 32 years old. I’ve been doing this a long time. There’s been plenty of starts where something is not feeling right, whether you treat yourself or you have a trainer come treat you, it’s just part of the business.”

Both Martinez and Strasburg downplayed the possibility of an injury, but an MRI revealed inflammation.

Strasburg is 0-1 with a 6.30 ERA in two starts this season.

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