Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg hit a roadblock in his rehab from a right flexor mass strain during his latest bullpen session, manager Dusty Baker told reporters in Los Angeles on Tuesday.
Strasburg was in the middle of his second bullpen session since sustaining the injury when he felt discomfort in his elbow.
"He was supposed to throw 35 but he felt a little discomfort so we stopped him at 30, 31. He was throwing the ball pretty good; very good, actually. But we said if he felt anything, then just shut it down," Baker said (Via ASAPsports.com).
Strasburg has been sidelined since Sept. 7 when he sustained the injury in a start against the Atlanta Braves. The All-Star right-hander then had an MRI, which revealed the flexor strain.
That same test confirmed Strasburg's ulnar collateral ligament was fine. Strasburg had his UCL repaired in the Tommy John surgery he had in 2010.
Strasburg's setback, even if it turns out to be minor, creates even more doubt that he will be available for the next round of the playoffs, if the Nationals are to advance to the NL Championship Series. That series would begin on Saturday.
Strasburg, 28, is 15-4 with a 3.60 ERA this season.
*Transcript via ASAPsports.com*
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