Stephen Strasburg's weary elbow was stiff and in dire need of rest, so the Washington Nationals put their winningest pitcher on the 15-day disabled list Monday.
The right-hander (15-4, 3.59 earned-run average) was willing to pitch through the pain for the NL East-leading Nationals, but Manager Dusty Baker had other plans.
Asked if he considered it to be a precautionary move, Strasburg replied, "One hundred percent."
After bolting to a 15-1 start, Strasburg was 0-3 with a 14.66 ERA over his last three outings.
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