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Nationals have new worries about Strasburg's arm | Baseball
By The Associated Press
ATLANTA — No matter how much he insisted he felt fine, Nationals ace Stephen Strasburg didn't look right to manager Davey Johnson from the time his first pitch sailed to the backstop.
As a result, there are new concerns about Strasburg's health after he was examined by a doctor following Washington's 3-2 loss to the Atlanta Braves on Monday night.
"I think he's got a little tightness in his forearm," Johnson said. "So they're going to put him on some medication."
Johnson said the hard-throwing righty will have to show he is ready to make his next scheduled start.
"It's too early," Johnson said when asked about Strasburg's status. "I'm sure he's going to be examined every way you can look at him."
Strasburg insisted he won't miss a start.
"I'm not missing my next start," he said. "I'll tell you that right now."
Strasburg had lost a career-worst four straight starts before pitching six innings and getting a no-decision. He is 1-4 with a 3.13 earned-run average.
Strasburg appeared to struggle to get comfortable on the mound, sometimes shaking his arm after a pitch.
Johnson said Strasburg "doesn't look right to me."
Strasburg gave up two runs and six hits, walking four and striking out eight.
"His command was way off, so I knew something was off. He was shaking his elbow more frequently," Johnson said, adding Strasburg didn't complain "but he was irritable."
Asked why he was shaking his arm, Strasburg said, "You just try to stay loose."
to join White Sox
OAKLAND, Calif. — Well-traveled outfielder Casper Wells is on the move again, this time after a trade from Oakland to the Chicago White Sox for cash.
Wells will join his fourth different American League team in less than a month. He began the season with the Mariners and hit .189 with two homers and 14 RBI in 16 games. He was designated for assignment and claimed off waivers by Toronto on April 10.
Three days after joining the Blue Jays, he was cut without having played for them. Oakland acquired Wells for cash on April 22. He was hitless in five at-bats for the A's.
• The Dodgers activated SS Hanley Ramirez from the disabled list and placed 2011 NL Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw on the bereavement list. Ramirez had been out since tearing a ligament in his right thumb in March.
• Blue Jays LHP Aaron Laffey chose to become a free agent rather than report to the minor leagues. Toronto claimed Laffey after he was waived by the Mets last week.
• Umpire Brian O'Nora is recovering from an intestinal tear that forced him to make a sudden exit from a game last week.
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