Washington Nationals Pitcher Strasburg Leaves Game in 2nd Inning

Pitcher Stephen Strasburg of the Washington Nationals was removed from Friday night’s game at Cincinnati after five batters because of a stiff neck, and the team said it was unclear whether he’ll miss any starts.

“We don’t know at this point,” manager Matt Williams told reporters. “We’ll see how it is tomorrow and evaluate it.”

Strasburg, who has made it past the fourth inning in just one of his past five starts, left a May 5 start after three innings with lower back pain that was alleviated by chiropractic treatment.

Strasburg, 26, the first pick in the 2009 Major League Baseball draft, missed most of the 2011 season following elbow surgery before returning in 2012 to be selected as an All-Star.