No surprise from Nationals Park as the Nats get ready to host the Atlanta Braves in a rare 12:35 p.m. start this afternoon. Rookie pitcher Stephen Strasburg has been placed on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to July 22. The 21-year-old, of course, was scratched from his scheduled start on Tuesday thanks to shoulder soreness. An MRI and X-rays found no structural damage. But the team is being extra cautious with their prized young pitcher. He is 5-2 with a 2.32 ERA in nine big-league starts. But there are no plans to end Strasburg’s season early. He could begin playing catch as soon as Saturday on the way to a normal bullpen session sometime next week. He would be eligible to come off the disabled list on August 7.

Meanwhile, left-handed pitcher Scott Olsen makes his first start since going on the disabled list with shoulder soreness on May 22. He was off to a good start at 2-2 with a 3.77 ERA. In six minor-league rehab starts Olsen was 2-1 with a 2.04 ERA. Here are today’s lineups.



Prado – 2B

Infante – RF

Jones – 3B

Glaus – 1B

Diaz – LF

Gonzalez – SS

Ross – C

Cabrera – CF

Lowe – P



Morgan – CF

Kennedy – 2B

Zimmerman – 3B

Dunn – 1B

Willingham – LF

Morse – RF

Desmond – SS

Nieves – C

Olsen – P


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