By Chris Lingebach

WASHINGTON — Stephen Strasburg was forced to leave Wednesday’s game in the third inning.

Making his first start since Aug. 17, when he was placed on the disabled list with elbow soreness, Strasburg appeared back at full strength early against the Braves, allowing two hits and striking three batters through the first two innings.

Ater allowing a lead-off double by Dansby Swanson, Strasburg appeared to sustain an injury while pitching to Braves starter Mike Foltynewicz in the second at-bat of the top of the third.

Strasburg drew two strikes against Foltynewicz initially, but an 0-2 changeup sailed high on him, registering as a ball at 91.8 mph.

Strasburg winced in pain after the pitch, then took a long stroll around the mound, and returned to deliver another pitch, an 84-mph slider which Foltynewicz — attempting to bunt — fouled off for Strasburg’s fourth strikeout. Strasburg would not return.

While there is little information available regarding Strasburg’s premature exit, initial reaction doesn’t paint a rosy picture.

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