PHILADELPHIA | Just a quick update on Stephen Strasburg, before I get in front of a computer and am able to type more: The Nationals will get an MRI on Strasburg's strained flexor tendon later today. They're not making any decisions about Strasburg's next start, or the rest of the season, until then.
General manager Mike Rizzo said Strasburg did some light throwing this morning, as well as his regular post-start workout. He also said Strasburg had experienced the same symptoms in college and stayed in the game.
"It does (make us feel better)," Rizzo said, "because he's been through it before and pitched through it."
Team doctor Wiemi Douoguih will read Strasburg's MRI later today, and the Nationals will go from there. Rizzo said until then, any pronouncements about the rest of the season are premature. Manager Jim Riggleman did say, though, that it's "probably safe to say" Strasburg will miss his next start.
UPDATE AT 12:48 P.M.: Back in front of a computer, where it's much easier to dispense larger chunks of information than it is when I'm typing on an iPod touch. Rizzo said that Strasburg's shoulder injury from earlier this season won't play into the plans for how the Nationals handle this injury.
"We're going to look at this as an isolated situation with this flexor strain," Rizzo said. "The shoulder's not going to come into play. That problem is resolved. This is about the flexor. We'll kind of take it independently. Like we said before, the shoulder was certainly a precautionary thing, and hopefully this is a precautionary thing."