The oft-injured right-hander has started 14 games for the Nats this season, and is so far 10-0 with a 2.90 ERA. He is the first National League starter to begin the season 10-0 since the Padres' Andy Hawkins in 1985. The 27-year-old has missed two consecutive starts, including being a late scratch for Monday's game against the Dodgers.
The team had Tanner Roark start on Sunday, where they snapped a seven-game losing streak. The plan is to call up the No. 1 prospect in the league, Lucas Giolito, to start on Tuesday against the Mets.
Strasburg had two stints on the DL last year, one for neck tightness, but did manage to win 11 games. He also has the well-known history of Tommy John Surgery, which many believe he has fully recovered from. This current injury may stem from his November surgery to remove a cancerous growth in his back.
The Nats' ace's health is critical for the organization, especially after signing him to a seven-year, $175 million contract extension in May. When spending money like that, the team can ill-afford anymore time in the training room for Strasburg.