CLEVELAND - JUNE 13: Stephen Strasburg #37 of the Washington Nationals walks to the dugout after being pulled from the game against the Cleveland Indians on June 13, 2010 at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
The Nationals have been careful with their prized rookie pitcher this season, limiting the number of innings Stephen Strasburg throws in order to keep his golden arm in mint condition for the remainder of his career.
But even the best laid plans of GMs and pitching coaches often go awry. This one was no exception.
Strasburg has been placed on the 15-day disabled list because of inflammation in his pitching shoulder.
Thursday's move is retroactive to July 22, a day after he made his last appearance. The No. 1 overall pick in the 2009 amateur draft was scratched minutes before he was to make his 10th major league start Tuesday, because his right shoulder felt stiff while he was warming up in the bullpen.
Strasburg is 5-2 with a 2.32 ERA, 75 strikeouts and 15 walks in 54 1/3 innings since making his major league debut June 8.