WASHINGTON (WUSA) - It was the much anticipated return of Stephen Strasburg, but the game will be remembered for an early exit by the Nationals pitcher that left some fans fearing the worst.
On the disabled list since August 21st, recovering from what the team called elbow soreness, Nationals Manager Dusty Baker was anxious to get Strasburg back on the mound and back in a groove.
However, Strasburg’s return lasted just 42 pitches. The Nationals "almighty righty" grimaced after striking out Atlanta pitcher Mike Foltynewicz.
Pitching coach Mike Maddux and head trainer Paul Lessard, along with the rest of the National’s infield approached the mound and spent several minutes surrounding Strasburg. He exited the game after just 2 2/3 innings, with his glove covering his face, and headed straight to the clubhouse.
Strasburg was having a career year, going 15 and 1 in his first 20 starts. But was 0-3 in his final starts before heading to the disabled list.
In his post game press conference, Manager Dusty Baker said Strasburg "felt a pinch in the back of his elbow."
The Nationals manager said Strasburg will have an MRI Thursday.
"We're hoping that it's something minor," said Baker.
The Nationals did manage to win the game 5-4 in 11 innings on Wilson Ramos' walk off single.