Nats' ace throws but still getting MRI

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, Last Updated: 2:41 PM ET

Washington, DC - Nationals rookie hurler Stephen Strasburg reportedly felt no discomfort in going through a normal workout routine ahead of his scheduled MRI exam back in Washington, D.C. Sunday.

The Washington Post is reporting Strasburg did some light throwing prior to the Nationals' game against the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park Sunday morning after suffering a strained flexor tendon in his right forearm during Saturday's start.

In the fifth inning, Strasburg's third pitch to Philadelphia right fielder Domonic Brown went for a ball, but the righty immediately winced in pain following the throw. He glanced down toward his elbow and began shaking his arm, but trainers and manager Jim Riggleman came out and replaced him.

Immediate fears that the righty phenom may be lost for the season were shot down by Washington's general manager Mike Rizzo, per the report, although Riggleman conceded Strasburg will most likely miss his next start at the very least.

It's unclear when the results of Sunday's MRI exam will be available.

Saturday marked Strasburg's third start since coming off the disabled list with right shoulder inflammation. The first pick in the 2009 draft, Strasburg is 5-3 with a 2.91 earned run average through 12 starts of his maiden campaign.


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