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Sun burns Strasburg, Nationals

Ace pulled with ‘heat-related issues’ after 3 innings in loss to Braves


Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg reacts after giving up three runs to the Atlanta Braves in the third inning of their game on Saturday, June 30, 2012, at Turner Field in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Tulis)

The Nationals will likely have similar conditions to deal with on Sunday as they send Gio Gonzalez to the mound for a 1:35 p.m. start against Tim Hudson. Hudson, who dealt with dehydration issues after a 2011 start in Washington, has been preparing for the heat for several days. He told reporters Saturday afternoon that he planned to intravenously take two bags of saline solution before Sunday’s game to be ready.

For Strasburg, the Nationals didn’t appear concerned that he wouldn’t be able to bounce back in time for his final start before the All-Star break, which would come on Friday night.

“The doctors are obviously going to monitor him,” Johnson said. “He was really dehydrated. It’s serious, but it’s not something he can’t recover from.”

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Amanda Comak

Amanda Comak covers the Washington Nationals and comes to The Washington Times from the Cape Cod Times and after stints with and the Amsterdam (N.Y.) Recorder. A Massachusetts native and 2008 graduate of Boston University, Amanda can be reached at and you can follow her on Twitter @acomak.

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