Nationals manager Dusty Baker says injured right-hander Stephen Strasburg would not be available for the NL Championship Series if Washington were to advance.
Baker says "it would be a miracle" if Strasburg progressed enough to be able to pitch in the NLCS.
Baker spoke Thursday before Washington hosted the Los Angeles Dodgers in a win-or-go-home Game 5 of their NL Division Series.
Strasburg has been sidelined since hurting his pitching elbow in early September.
He threw his first bullpen session from a mound last week, then had another session cut short Tuesday because of what Baker said was discomfort in the elbow.