Nationals Place Rookie Sensation On 15-Day DL

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The Washington Nationals are playing it safe with their prized possession. After a scratched start on Tuesday due to inflammation in his throwing shoulder, rookie pitcher Stephen Strasburg was placed on the disabled list on Thursday morning.

“If he’s 90 percent healthy, we shut him down,” Washington manager Jim Riggleman said. “He’s got to be 100 percent.”

Strasburg, the number overall draft pick in the 2009 MLB Draft, is 5-2 with an 2.32 ERA through his first 9 MLB starts.

Jim Riggleman, who is still blamed for Kerry Wood’s burnout, is adamant about ending Strasburg’s season after he pitches 160 innings; the right-hander has already pitched 109 which was his final total during his last season at San Diego State.

The rookie’s season will likely be over in late August or early September.

Nationals’ Strasburg heads to 15-day DL (AP via FOX Sports)

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