Apr 30, 2013, 10:40 PM EDT
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Stephen Strasburg is scheduled to start Saturday against the Pirates.
Updated at 6:40 p.m.
ATLANTA — The Nationals don’t believe Stephen Strasburg’s forearm tightness is serious and expect the right-hander to make his next scheduled start this weekend in Pittsburgh.
General manager Mike Rizzo said Strasburg had “some irritation on his forearm” in the wake of last night’s start against the Braves, but the right-hander is “healthy, happy and ready to pitch Saturday.”
The Nationals believe the nerve irritation was a result of an electric stimulation procedure Strasburg underwent as part of his typical pregame routine. He was examined by the Braves team doctor, who reported no medical issues.
“He was given a clean bill of health,” Rizzo said.
Manager Davey Johnson was less emphatic about Strasburg’s readiness for Saturday’s start against the Pirates, saying he wants to see the 24-year-old come out of tomorrow’s regular bullpen
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