Nats' Strasburg going back on IL after one start

by Daryn Albert - Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg is going back on the injured list after making his season debut last week.

Nats' Strasburg going back on IL after one start

Washington Nationals' Stephen Strasburg going back on injured list after one start 5:27 PM ET ESPN News Services Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg is going back on the injured list. Manager Dave Martinez said Monday that Strasburg experienced discomfort Sunday after he threw a bullpen session on Saturday and was set to have an MRI. He had been scheduled to start Tuesday night against the Atlanta Braves after making his season debut last week. The 33-year-old right-hander allowed seven runs, eight hits and two walks in 4⅔ innings against the Miami Marlins in that start. He also struck out five and hit a batter while averaging just 91.9 mph with his fastball. Before that, the three-time All-Star and 2019 World Series MVP had not pitched in a major league game since June 1 last year, spending much of the time recovering from surgery on July 28 to correct thoracic outlet syndrome, a compression of nerves, arteries or veins near the neck or armpit. He had made three minor league rehabilitation starts. The Nationals signed him to a seven-year, $245 million extension in December of 2019 but because of injuries he has made just eight major league starts since signing that contract. The former No. 1 overall pick is 113-62 with a 3.24 ERA in his major league career. The Associated Press contributed to this report.