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Nationals’ Stephen Strasburg Has A Strained Oblique Muscle

Norm Hall/Getty Images(ATLANTA) -- The Washington Nationals have been extremely cautious when it comes to handling the health of starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg, and they'll like have to do it again. Strasburg has a strained oblique on the right side of his body.

During his start against the Atlanta Braves on Friday night, Strasburg had to leave the game after just two innings. He hurt himself throwing a changeup to Brian McCann with one out in the second inning.

It is unkown how severe the injury is, but the team and Strasburg are being safe with handling his injury.

"It's a little tight back there, but it is what it is," Strasburg said. "Just been kind of battling with it for a little bit, feeling it the last few starts and Davey (Johnson) thought it was a good decision to take me out of the game and not let it progress anymore."

Last season, Strasburg was shut down on September 7 to limit his workload as he was still making his way back from Tommy John Surgery. In 12 starts this season, Strasburg is 3-5 with a 2.54 ERA.

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