Nationals SP Stephen Strasburg exits early with injury

Nationals SP Stephen Strasburg exits early with injury

Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg left Saturday’s 9-3 win over the Giants in the fourth inning because of tightness in his left side and was replaced by right-hander Tanner Roark.

After his first pitch to first baseman Brandon Belt with two outs in the fourth, Strasburg grimaced and briefly grabbed his left side.

Manager Matt Williams, pitching coach Steve McCatty and the Nationals trainer came to the mound. After a lengthy conversation, Strasburg left and was replaced by Tanner Roark with Washington leading 3-0.

Strasburg had allowed one hit while striking out three and walking two in his third start back since missing 21 games with neck tightness.

Strasburg had been sharp since returning, winning his first two starts while allowing two runs in 12 innings.