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Strasburg shut down for couple days

Jul 28, 2010, 8:10 PM EDT

[Here's my story on CSNwashington.com stating it's unlikely Strasburg will start Sunday against the Phillies.]

The Nationals have decided to shut down Stephen Strasburg for at least a couple of days while waiting to see if his right shoulder feels better, electing to take a continued cautious route with the rookie pitcher, who was a last-minute scratch from his scheduled start last night.

Manager Jim Riggleman wouldn't rule out the possibility of Strasburg pitching on schedule Sunday against the Phillies, but he would need to throw a bullpen session within a few days to be cleared for that.

More coming…

UPDATE AT 5:40 P.M. — Here are some of the key quotes from Riggleman's pregame press conference…

On when Strasburg will next start: "We don't have an update whether he's going to pitch Sunday or when he'll pitch again if not Sunday. We're just really going to give it another day or two before we do anything like that."

When would he need to throw this week to be ready to start Sunday? "Basically, we're going to watch him play catch in the outfield before he goes to the bullpen and throws. If all that takes place in time forRead more »

  1. Anonymous - Jul 28, 2010 at 8:26 PM

    According to reports Olsen could be on his way as we speak.

  2. Vito - Jul 28, 2010 at 8:33 PM

    I am sure tickets sales for Sunday have all but ceased.

  3. Anonymous8 - Jul 28, 2010 at 9:07 PM

    Don't they need 2 pitchers? One for Friday and one for Sunday?

  4. Anonymous - Jul 28, 2010 at 9:13 PM

    Livo today, Olsen Tomorrow, Stammen on Friday, Detwiler on Saturday and 'xxxxxxx' on Sunday.

  5. Frank - Jul 28, 2010 at 9:16 PM

    Well you have Stammen and Detwiler on the active roster, they could go Friday and Saturday. Just a question of what to do Sunday if Stras can't start. Batista obviously wouldn't be ideal, but he has done it before.

  6. N. Cognito - Jul 28, 2010 at 9:23 PM

    Vito said… "I am sure tickets sales for Sunday have all but ceased."Stan needs to send more buses to Philly.

  7. Anonymous - Jul 28, 2010 at 9:52 PM

    ""I don't want to say I'll be surprised, because then if I pitch him Sunday, it contradicts itself."When did Riggleman start getting all concerned about contradicting himself?"Desmond will be batting second more often" – it's happened once in two weeks"Gonna give Nyjer a day off" – never happened"Gotta find a way to get Michael Morse in there more often" – yeah rightYou get the picture.

  8. Sunshine_Bobby Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Jul 29, 2010 at 1:26 AM

    Oh, no! The dreaded "day to day" tag by the Nationals crack medical team.We'll be lucky to see Jesus in Viera in late March.He's done.Can Miss Iowa pitch every fifth day?

  9. HHover - Jul 29, 2010 at 2:24 AM

    Mark – A follow-up about SS saying he first felt the soreness "a couple of days ago."During an in-game chat with Carpenter and Dibble, Riggs said this was news to him. Dibbs said he was just asking about what SS said, seemed taken aback, was half-apologetic for seeming to show Riggs up (a new side of Dibble).Any more idea what's going on there? It definitely did make Riggs look like clueless about his star pitcher. Was SS holding back the info, or just didn't think it really mattered?

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