Strasburg exits return start early with elbow pain, MRI planned

2:41 a.m. EDT September 8, 2016

Stephen Strasburg left the mound after feeling a pinch in his elbow just 42 pitches into his first start after a three-week absence, a potentially harrowing development for the Washington Nationals.

The Nationals said Strasburg would get an MRI and didn’t elaborate on the severity of his injury.

“He had good command,” manager Dusty Baker said. “Usually if something’s wrong you don’t have command. So we’re hoping that it’s something minor, but we’ll find out tomorrow.”

Washington termed Strasburg’s disabled list stint precautionary and that his elbow, surgically reconstructed in 2010, was structurally sound. But Strasburg grimaced after throwing a fourth-inning pitch to Atlanta Braves pitcher Mike Foltyniewicz, and then departed after one more pitch, which was clocked at 84 mph.

“He was cleared. He wasn’t trying to be a hero,” Baker said. “He said he felt fine, but a lot of times you really don’t know until you get into the action.”

“I felt very bad…

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