Strasburg pulled just prior to game

Rookie sensation Stephen Strasburg was diagnosed with inflammation in his pitching shoulder after being scratched from his scheduled start for the Washington Nationals on Tuesday night because he had problems warming up his prized and powerful right arm.

Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said Strasburg had “stiffness and discomfort” in his right shoulder, but an MRI and X-ray showed no structural damage.

“Given a couple days’ rest and anti-inflammatories, he should be better,” Rizzo said.

In nine starts for Washington, Strasburg is 5-2 with a 2.32 ERA, 75 strikeouts and 15 walks in 54 innings. He has won his past three starts.


Colorado Rockies closer Huston Street bruised the right side of his abdomen when he was hit by a line drive in batting practice Tuesday.

The team said he was sent home to rest and his availability will be on a day-to-day basis.

The accident quickly changed the mood for the Rockies, who were reveling in the return of All-Star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki from the disabled list.

Street was taken off the field in an ambulance and transported to an emergency room for further examination.

Head athletic trainer Keith Dugger said that Street passed out “two or three times” and had ringing in his ears after being struck by the baseball off the bat of Ian Stewart as Street warmed up in right field. Street also complained of pain down his right leg and stomach discomfort.

“Right on the pelvis. You could see a black-and-blue mark,” Dugger said. “He’d hold his breath when he felt discomfort and pain.”


Braves backup catcher David Ross agreed to a two-year contract extension that will pay him $3.25 million. Ross is making $1.6 million this year in the final season of a $3 million, two-year deal. Ross is batting .269 with no homers and 18 RBI. Atlanta also optioned outfielder Nate McLouth to Triple-A Gwinnett and activated outfielder Brent Clevlen from the 15-day disabled list. … New York Mets left fielder Jason Bay has been diagnosed with a mild concussion and is out of the lineup for at least a few days. Bay hurt himself when he crashed into the wall Friday night while making a catch at Dodger Stadium. He played Saturday and Sunday, going 2-for-9 with four strikeouts, and said he felt the effects from the concussion during the trip back to New York. … Mets manager Jerry Manuel was given a one-game suspension and has been fined an undisclosed amount following an ejection from a game last week. … Jimmy Rollins missed the Phillies’ 9-5 victory over the Diamondbacks on Thursday because of a bruised left foot. The three-time All-Star shortstop was hurt Wednesday when he fouled a ball off his foot.