Steven Strasburg placed on the disabled list with elbow trouble

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The Washington Nationals have scratched Stephen Strasburg from his scheduled start against the Orioles tonight due to elbow soreness. He’s been placed on the 15-day disabled list. A.J. Cole was recalled from Triple A and will start against Baltimore tonight.

The good news: according to the New York Post’s Joel Sherman, Strasburg’s elbow issue “is not structural,” and the Nationals are placing their ace on the DL as a precaution. Washington has an eight and a half game lead in the NL East right now, so he has plenty of time to get healthy and be fresh for the playoffs.

Strasburg was in the Cy Young conversation until late July when he began to struggle. Over his past three starts, he’s allowed 19 runs in just 11 and two-thirds innings and he’s seen his ERA balloon fro 2.63 to 3.59.