The Phillies could again play the role of thorn in the side of Nationals fans and their hopes of fighting for a wildcard spot in the final few weeks of the season. The two sides kickoff a weekend set this evening in Washington and the Nats are already feeling the pain.
The freakout began when word of Stephen Strasburg getting scratched hit Twitter earlier in the day. What would the oft injured pitcher be battling now? CSN Washington reports:
Stephen Strasburg was scratched before his expected start against the Philadelphia Phillies due to forearm tightness. The Nats' ace felt the injury during a bullpen session on Thursday in New York, when he was experimenting with a new pitch.
"When he was playing catch he had some discomfort so he came in and got treatment," Davey Johnson said. "The doctor in New York examined him and didn't think it was anything serious, just that it was probably a little tired and tight so here we are. He's not pitching."
So the Phils won't have to face Strasburg this evening but they'll still have to deal with Jayson Werth who has been simply ridiculous at the dish as of late.
Ross Ohlendorf will handle the pitching duties in Strasburg's place. Kyle Kendrick gets the honor for the Fightins.
7:05 from DC.
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