stephen strasburg 8 23 Phenom Strasburg likely headed back to DL

WASHINGTON — Rookie ace Stephen Strasburg of the Washington Nationals is probably headed back to the disabled list.

Strasburg strained a tendon in his right forearm over the weekend, and Nationals manager Jim Riggleman said Monday the team would “proceed with caution” with the prized pitcher.

Riggleman said Strasburg would definitely miss his next scheduled start Thursday and likely be put on the DL.

The 22-year-old Strasburg was sidelined in late July because of inflammation in the back of his right shoulder. He was making his third start since returning from the DL when he was hurt Saturday night in Philadelphia.

Strasburg grimaced and shook his arm before walking off the mound in the fifth inning. He had an MRI exam Sunday.

He is 5-3 with a 2.91 ERA in 12 starts for the Nationals, with 92 strikeouts in 68 innings. The overall pick in the 2009 draft, he zoomed through the minors earlier this year and made his major league debut this season.

Strasburg went through his normal post-start workout Sunday, including some light tossing.

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