MASN color commentator Rob Dibble is taking several days off, after comments he made on his Sirius XM radio show about Stephen Strasburg's injured forearm attracted national attention.
After Strasburg came out of Saturday's game against the Phillies with a strained flexor tendon in his right forearm, Dibble said on his radio show that the Nationals were being cautious with Strasburg, but went on to say the 22-year-old should pitch through the pain and stay on the mound. The Nationals had said Strasburg wanted to stay in Saturday's game and keep pitching, but they barred him from doing so. Strasburg has yet to speak to the media after the injury.
"At his request, Rob Dibble is taking a few days off, to which he - or any MASN employee - is entitled," network spokesman Todd Webster said. "Ray Knight will provide expert color analysis with Bob Carpenter for the next few days."