Strasburg back on the DL

The Nats officially placed Stephen Strasburg on the 15-Day Disabled List, retroactive to August 22, with a right forearm flexor strain and recalled right-handed pitcher Collin Balester from Triple-A Syracuse.

It doesn’t come as a surprise. That Nationals are taking every precaution possible with their prized possession and that’s why GM Mike Rizzo decided to send Strasburg to the 15-day disabled list. It was obvious Strasburg was in pain on Saturday in the bottom of the fifth inning after he grimaced and shock his right arm following a 1-1 change-up to Phillies Domonic Brown. Strasburg, 21, is 5-3 with a 2.91 ERA in 12 starts with Washington.

Balester is 0-1 with a 5.40 ERA in five relief appearances with Washington this season. The 24-year-old is 4-12 with a 5.85 ERA in 27 games/22 starts during his Big League career (2008-10). After beginning the season in the Syracuse rotation, Balester went 1-0 with a 3.92 ERA and .209 batting average against in 25 relief outings with the Chiefs.

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