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Strasburg scratched, Batista starts

Jul 27, 2010, 11:06 PM EDT

(Here's the final version of my Strasburg story on CSNwashington.com, including the quote of the year from Miguel Batista. You'll have to click on the story to read it, but let's just say it immediately brought to mind Julian Tavarez's infamous Jennifer Lopez quote from last spring.)

Stephen Strasburg was a last-minute scratch from his scheduled start tonight against the Braves. Miguel Batista took his place and took the mound before a stunned, sellout crowd of 40,043 at Nationals Park that booed when the veteran reliever was announced as the starter.

Strasburg did warm up in the right field bullpen prior to the game. At some point (approximately 6:50 p.m.) he departed with a trainer and Batista took over.

The Nationals made no immediate announcement about why Strasburg was scratched.

Obviously, more to come as we find out…

UPDATE AT 7:26 P.M. — Mike Rizzo says Strasburg was scratched because he was having trouble getting loose in the bullpen prior to this start. Rizzo said he made the decision himself and said it was precautionary. Strasburg will be examined by team doctors and will receive an X-ray and MRI. At this point, he's day-to-day and the club isn't making any declarations about when his next start will take place.

More quotes from Rizzo coming up…

UPDATE AT 7:35 P.M. — Here is the complete transcript of Mike Rizzo's media session in the press box right after tonight's game started…Read more ยป

  1. Bote Man - Jul 27, 2010 at 11:16 PM

    Paging Doctor Andrews, Doctor James Andrews…

  2. natscan reduxit - Jul 27, 2010 at 11:22 PM

    … I can't believe he's injured. But, as much as I hate to say it, I CAN believe he was traded.Go Nats … I guess!!

  3. Michael J. Hayde - Jul 27, 2010 at 11:29 PM

    New posted:Patterson. Chico. Cordero. Detwiler. Zimmermann. Olsen. Lannan. Marquis. Atilano. Stammen. Walker. (Have I forgotten anyone?) Now it looks like Strasburg will be joining this dubious clique. This has gone wayyyyyy beyond coincidence and "bad luck." Something somewhere is terribly wrong with the way we handle pitching. Are we doing too much? Too little?If Stras winds up being shut down for a prolonged period, there had better be some answers coming quick.

  4. Drew - Jul 27, 2010 at 11:34 PM

    Bring back Randy St. Claire!

  5. Bote Man - Jul 27, 2010 at 11:34 PM

    Steve McCatty != Randy St. Claire

  6. Brian - Jul 27, 2010 at 11:36 PM

    The Curse of Lez Boulez ….

  7. bgib - Jul 27, 2010 at 11:36 PM

    Shawn Hill?

  8. Anonymous - Jul 27, 2010 at 11:38 PM

    Strasburg cannot be traded. Google the "Pete Incaviglia Rule" for details. Bottom line is that a first year player cannot be traded for their first year after being drafted. Strasburg has not be a Nat for a year yet. It's close but not yet. I'm not sure if it is an actual 365 days from being signed or until after this season ends.

  9. Drew - Jul 27, 2010 at 11:39 PM

    And as a follow-up, why can a 45 year old Cuban named Livo throw 150 pitches every day but a stud 22 year old after 5 days rest "can't get loose in the bullpen" and is shutdown 1-3+ games?!!? I'm starting to believe that junk pitchers like Livo and Jamie Moyers are the way to go.

  10. bdrube - Jul 27, 2010 at 11:40 PM

    They have been handling SS with kid gloves. I'm not sure what else they could have done to prevent him from getting injured other than to just not play him.That said, the way they treated Detwiler was atrocious. Pitching him on three days rest for his first start coming off of major surgery was simply inexplicable. And then setting him up for failure by replacing Zimmerman in the lineup with Harris? This team is a mess.

  11. bgib - Jul 27, 2010 at 11:47 PM

    Day to day. Right. For about three days, and then DL.

  12. Drew - Jul 27, 2010 at 11:55 PM

    Bote manContrast the performance of the Marlins pitching staff this year & last, then throw in the performance of the Nats (AA & AAA) pitching staff during RSC's Nats tenure—with the performance of an arguably much better Nats pitching staff during McFatty's Nats tenure…and if you still think McCatty and RSC are equals, you are…..

  13. Mark Story - Jul 27, 2010 at 11:57 PM

    Forget the whole Strasburg thing. Congratulations Mark and scooping all of the other local outlets. Nice work!

  14. Doc - Jul 28, 2010 at 12:22 AM

    RSC is still one of my favorite pitching coaches. That which he did during all those years with a bunch of misfits makes him St. Claire a true 'Saint'.

  15. Sasskuash - Jul 28, 2010 at 12:22 AM

    I think Jesus Flores is still day-to-day, since July 2009…

  16. Drew - Jul 28, 2010 at 1:36 AM

    Doc:Randy St Claire wasn't just a "Saint"…he was a miracle worker.

  17. Tracy - Jul 28, 2010 at 3:00 AM

    Can I just say how awful it was that the Nats "fans" booed Bautista. What did he do? Just take the ball on minutes notice. I despair that DC will ever be a baseball town.

  18. Bzl. - Jul 28, 2010 at 3:13 AM

    Those weren't Nats fans booing. Those were Redskins fans using the game as training camp.Great win!

  19. Traveler8 - Jul 28, 2010 at 3:19 AM

    Whatta night, Batista was terrific, and everyone else played to win one for him! AND, that horrible red tent is GONE, a casualty of Sunday's storm! There is a divine being!

  20. NatinBeantown - Jul 28, 2010 at 4:00 AM

    I came over here after reading the Batista quote in the AP report. I am officially a fan.Like the beer commercials from a few years ago, "here's to you, Mr. Rubber Armed Relief Man Who Embraces His Role."Enjoy the Elvis wig, Mr. Batista.

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