Washington Nationals place pitcher Stephen Strasburg (shoulder) on IL

Apr 13, 2021; St. Louis, Missouri, USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg (37) pitches during the second inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

The Washington Nationals placed starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg on the 10-day injured list Sunday with inflammation in his right shoulder.

The move is retroactive to April 15.

The club called up right-hander Paolo Espino to start Sunday afternoon’s game against the visiting Arizona Diamondbacks.

Strasburg, 32, is 0-1 with a 6.30 ERA in two starts this season, tallying 11 strikeouts and seven walks in 10 innings.

The three-time All-Star and 2019 World Series Most Valuable Player pitched only five innings in 2020 because of a nerve issue in his wrist.

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Strasburg is 112-60 with a 3.21 ERA and 1,708 strikeouts in 243 career starts since Washington drafted him No. 1 overall in 2009.

Sunday marked the first appearance of the season for Espino, 34, who posted a 4.50 ERA in two appearances (one start) with the Nationals in 2020.

Washington also placed right-handed reliever Wander Suero on the injured list with a left oblique strain and recalled right-hander Ryne Harper from the alternate training site in Fredericksburg, Va.

–Field Level Media