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Nationals send Strasburg to DL with sore elbow

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The Washington Nationals were dealt a significant blow, announcing Monday that right-hander Stephen Strasburg will be out of action for the foreseeable future.

Washington placed their All-Star pitcher on the 15-day disabled list with soreness in his right elbow, and have recalled right-hander A.J. Cole from the minors to make Monday's start against the Baltimore Orioles.

According to a source of the New York Post's Joel Sherman, Strasburg has been dealing with inflammation in his elbow the last few games and would pitch through it if it were an important situation such as the playoffs.

Washington hasn't announced how long they expect Strasburg to be out of action, but Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports they're "cautiously optimistic" he'll be able to return in two weeks.

The 28-year-old Strasburg hits the DL for the second time this season, after being handed the worst loss of his career in his last outing against the Colorado Rockies, allowing nine earned runs over 1 2/3 innings.

Any sort of injury to the throwing elbow of Strasburg is a concerning one for the Nationals, as the hurler underwent Tommy John surgery on the area in 2010.

Strasburg is in the midst of a tremendous season, posting a 15-4 record with a 3.59 ERA and a strikeout rate of 11.1 per nine innings.

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