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Stephen Strasburg winces after throwing his 56th pitch of the night.
PHILADELPHIA — Stephen Strasburg was pulled from tonight's game after wincing in pain upon throwing a fifth-inning changeup to Phillies right fielder Domonic Brown.
Strasburg immediately looked down at his right arm and then shook it around after throwing his 56th pitch of the night. After a few seconds, Ivan Rodriguez joined him at the mound, followed immediately by manager Jim Riggleman, pitching coach Steve McCatty and trainer Lee Kuntz.
Despite pleas from Strasburg to remain in the game, Riggleman wouldn't listen to his rookie pitcher. Strasburg departed with a disgusted look on his face, replaced by Craig Stammen with the Nationals leading 5-1.
Strasburg had dominated to that point, allowing just one run on two hits, striking out six and not issuing a walk against a potent Phillies lineup.
Updates to come...
UPDATE AT 9:33 P.M. -- Doesn't sound like we're going to get an update on Strasburg's injury (not even what body part was injured) until after the game.
UPDATE AT 10:13 P.M. -- The game is over, and the Nationals have won, 8-1. Because Strasburg didn't go the required five innings, he couldn't be credited with the win. So the official scorer has awarded that to Doug Slaten, who retired all five batters he faced. Will update whatever news we get on Strasburg, but since I can't update the blog off my phone from the clubhouse, I'll only be able to provide updates via Twitter for a little while. You can find me there @MarkZuckerman.
UPDATE AT 10:43 P.M. -- The Nationals are saying Strasburg has a strained flexor tendon in his right forearm. He'll undergo an MRI tomorrow in Washington, and the club won't make any more pronouncements or predictions until they get the results on that test. I'm working on a full news story now for CSNwashington.com and will post the link to that once it's up.
UPDATE AT 10:55 P.M. -- I don't mean to cause widespread panic or anything, but Shane Victorino told reporters in the Phillies clubhouse that plate umpire Brian O'Nora "said he heard something pop." Obviously, you don't want to draw any rash conclusions based on that. And for what it's worth, Domonic Brown (the batter at the time who would have been standing a couple feet closer to Strasburg than O'Nora) said he didn't hear any pop. So treat this news with the appropriate amount of skepticism.
UPDATE AT 12:20 A.M. -- The full story with reaction and quotes is now up on CSNwashington.com.