(Here's my full Strasburg article on CSNwashington.com.)
Stephen Strasburg will not start Sunday, manager Jim Riggleman said this morning.
Strasburg hasn't been placed on the disabled list yet, but could wind up there later this morning. Any move would be retroactive to July 22, the day after he last pitched.
More to come...
UPDATE AT 11:44 A.M. -- It's official: Strasburg has been placed on the 15-day DL, retroactive to July 22. Scott Olsen has been activated off the DL in time to start today's game against the Braves.
Strasburg will be eligible to return on August 7, but it sounds like the Nationals will wait until they return home the following week to activate him. So his next start would probably come during the August 10-12 series against the Marlins.
Quotes from Strasburg coming in a couple minutes...
UPDATE AT 11:49 A.M. -- Strasburg spoke briefly in the Nats' clubhouse after being told he was being placed on the DL. Here's the transcript...
Q: How disappointing is it to be placed on the DL?
STRASBURG: It's out of my control, so I'm not really going to worry about it. It's what's best for the team. Obviously, having Miguel Batista as a reliever, we're going to need him out of the bullpen. We can't really rely on him to go out there and start. So it's an obvious reason for it. I'm just going to keep working hard, and when they activate me, I'll be ready to go.
Q: Do you look at this as a good thing because it will give you more time to recover?
STRASBURG: Yeah, I mean they're talking every precaution with me. It's feeling great already. I'm making big strides. I'm just going to keep getting better, keep getting stronger, and when the time comes I'm going to be ready to go.
Q: Will you travel with the team next week or will you stay back here?
STRASBURG: I'll be making the trip with the team.
Q: So the thought is that you could return pretty quickly once you're eligible?
STRASBURG: Yeah. Yeah. That's what they told me. They just told me like 20 minutes ago.