Strasburg hurt as Nationals beat Orioles 15-3 for 'split'

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Washington Nationals outfielder Andrew Stevenson, center left, sits with teammates in the stands during the seventh inning in the continuation of a suspended baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles, Friday, Aug. 14, 2020, in Baltimore. The first part of the game was suspended on Aug. 9, when the groundskeepers had technical difficulties with the infield tarp in the sixth inning during a rain delay, causing the infield to become too wet and muddy to play. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

BALTIMORE – Stephen Strasburg had a very short stint on a terribly long day for the Washington Nationals, who are struggling with injuries to key players in their effort to repeat as World Series champions.

Strasburg threw only 16 pitches before leaving with a recurring nerve issue in his right hand in the first inning of Washington's 15-3 rout of the Baltimore Orioles on Friday night.

The World Series MVP declined through a team spokesman to speak with reporters after the game, but manager Dave Martinez said Strasburg would be re-evaluated Saturday.

Martinez said Strasburg was feeling numbness and tingling in his thumb and that the sensation originated in the wrist.

“I’m going to do everything I can to take care of him. I don’t want to see him out there shaking his hand in pain,” Martinez said. “I think the best thing right now is to kind of shut him down and see if we can get this straightened out.”

The Nationals withstood the injury to Strasburg after rebounding from a defeat that took five days to decide and weathering a lengthy rain delay.

After putting off the beginning of his season to address his ailing hand, Strasburg was making his second start of the year. His first outing came against the Orioles in a game that was suspended Sunday at Nationals Park and completed Friday at Camden Yards with Baltimore winning 6-2.

In Strasburg's abbreviated second start, he gave up a solo homer to Anthony Santander and got two outs before departing. Erick Fedde (1-1) was exceptional in relief, allowing just two hits over 5 1/3 scoreless innings.