The Washington Nationals today placed right-handed pitcher Stephen Strasburg on the 15-Day Disabled List, retroactive to August 22, with a right forearm flexor strain and recalled right-handed pitcher Collin Balester from Syracuse of the Triple-A International League. Nationals Senior Vice President and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement.
Balester is 0-1 with a 5.40 ERA in five relief appearances with Washington this season. The 24-year-old is 4-12 with a 5.85 ERA in 27 games/22 starts during his big-league career (2008-10). After beginning the season in the Syracuse rotation, Balester went 1-0 with a 3.92 ERA and .209 batting average against in 25 relief outings with the Chiefs.
Strasburg, 21, is 5-3 with a 2.91 ERA in 12 starts with Washington.