Stephen Strasburg can not survive Atlanta. On Friday night the Washington Nationals pitcher left after two innings with a back injury.
The right-hander grimaced after throwing a changeup to Brian McCann, the sixth batter he faced, with one out in the second inning Friday night.
Strasburg retired McCann on a ground ball and struck out Dan Uggla to end the inning.
The Nationals replaced Strasburg with Craig Stammen to begin the third inning.
Officially the Nationals have listed Strasburg as having a strained right oblique. Considering the injury it is likely that Strasburg lands on the disabled list much like Eric Chavez did earlier today for the same injury.
Strasburg had turned it on of late. Over his last three outings Strasburg was 2-0 with a 1.17 ERA. Including Friday nights numbers Strasburg has a 2.54 ERA and a 1.06 WHIP this year.
In his last appearance in Atlanta, on April 29, Strasburg suffered forearm tightness.