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Washington Nationals star Stephen Strasburg leaves start in the second inning

Jun 1, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg (37) is looked at by trainer Paul Lessard after a pitch against the Atlanta Braves in the first inning at Truist Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Washington Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg was removed from Tuesday’s start in Atlanta in the second inning because of an undisclosed issue.

Strasburg left after he was hit on the heel of his glove on a sharp ground ball struck by the Braves’ William Contreras.

His trouble started in the first inning when manager Dave Martinez and athletic trainer Paul Lessard made a mound visit after Strasburg walked leadoff man Ronald Acuna Jr. He was allowed to remain in the game, but Strasburg never looked comfortable, showing lower velocity and throwing mostly curveballs and changeups.

Strasburg was examined in the clubhouse between innings, but he was allowed to hit for himself in the top of the second inning.

He walked Abraham Almonte to start the second inning and was injured on the next play.

In 1 1/3 innings, Strasburg allowed one hit, walked two and had one strikeout. The game was tied at 1-1.

Strasburg missed a handful of starts earlier this season due to right shoulder soreness. He was making his third start since returning from the injury.

He has a history of arm injuries dating back to his rookie season of 2010. He made only five starts the following season after his return from Tommy John surgery, and he made only two starts in 2020, working five total innings, as he dealt with nerve issues in his pitching hand.

A three-time All-Star, Strasburg is 113-61 with a 3.21 ERA in 245 starts. He finished third in N.L. Cy Young Award voting in 2017, when he went 15-4 with a 2.52 ERA in 28 starts.

He won went 18-6 in 2019 as the Nationals rebounded from a slow start and went on to win the World Series.

–Field Level Media