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Strasburg 'hit the wall a little bit'

The Associated Press
Published:   |   Updated: March 21, 2013 at 10:29 AM
WASHINGTON -

Nationals rookie right-hander Stephen Strasburg said he first felt tightness in his pitching shoulder "a couple days ago" and chalks it up to "kind of hitting the wall a little bit."

A day after being scratched minutes before what was supposed to be the 10th major-league start of his much-hyped career, Strasburg said Wednesday he feels "a lot better" and his range of motion is "starting to come back."

Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo and trainer Lee Kuntz have said Strasburg did not indicate he had a problem before Tuesday, when his pregame bullpen session was stopped.

Strasburg took anti-inflammatory medicine Wednesday and will go at least two days without throwing at all. It's not clear when he will next pitch in a game.

ANGELS: Newly acquired right-hander Dan Haren expects to make his next start as scheduled despite a bruised forearm.

The three-time All-Star, who was drilled on his pitching arm by a line drive Monday night, plans to make his second start Saturday against Texas.

ATHLETICS: The team confirmed what it had feared and announced pitcher Ben Sheets is out for the season due to a torn flexor in his elbow.

CUBS: First baseman Derrek Lee rejected a trade to the Angels, saying he prefers to finish the season with his team.

Lee said he "really kind of agonized over" the decision, but that he decided the best thing for himself and his family was to stay in Chicago.

GIANTS: Closer Brian Wilson has been fined by MLB for wearing orange cleats during Tuesday's win vs. Florida.

MARINERS: The team recalled left-hander Luke French from Triple-A Tacoma and sent struggling starter Ryan Rowland-Smith to the disabled list with a strained lower back.

PHILLIES: Center fielder Shane Victorino (abdominal strain) was placed on the 15-day disabled list, and former outfielder Domonic Brown was called up from Triple-A.

Brown, the team's top prospect and a former Pasco High standout, batted .327 with 20 homers and 68 RBIs in 93 games at Double-A Reading and Lehigh Valley.

DODGERS-ROYALS TRADE: The Dodgers acquired outfielder Scott Podsednik from the Royals for a pair of minor-leaguers.

Podsednik hit .310 and stole 30 bases for the Royals this season.

The Royals got catcher Lucas May and pitcher Elisaul Pimentel from the Dodgers.

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