MILWAUKEE — Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with an upper back strain. The move is retroactive to June 16.
Strasburg was scratched from his start on Sunday against the Brewers in Milwaukee after experiencing pain in his back while throwing before Saturday’s game. He was replaced by Tanner Roark, who had one of his best outings of the season in the Nationals win, their first in eight games. Roark tossed seven scoreless innings, allowing just seven hits and one run while striking out seven.
The team said a corresponding roster move wouldn’t be made until Monday, when the Nationals open a three-game series at home against the New York Mets.
Strasburg is 10-0 with a 2.90 ERA this season, and he’s the only Washington starter without a loss on his record.
Many will jump into a refrain of “Here we go again” with the news of the move. Strasburg, who made his debut in June 2010 and recently signed a massive seven-year, $175 million contract extension, has pitched 200 or more innings just once in his career, in 2014. He pitched 215.0 innings that season; his next best innings total was 183.0, in 2013, then 159.1 in 2012. For comparison, Max Scherzer pitched in at least 187.2 innings in each of the past six seasons.
Joe Ross is the expected starter for Monday’s series opener, but no probable starter has been announced for Tuesday’s matchup, in which the Nationals will take on Matt Harvey of the Mets.
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