The Washington Nationals said rookie pitcher Stephen Strasburg has a "significant tear" in his elbow ligament and probably will have surgery.
General manager Mike Rizzo said tests revealed the extent of the injury to the 22-year-old's right elbow. Strasburg, who struck out 14 in his debut, will seek a second opinion before making a decision.
Albert Pujols hit his 400th career home run, but it was not a memorable game for the St Louis Cardinals first baseman. Pujols homered in the fourth inning of a 11-10 loss to last-place Washington on Thursday.
He also twisted his ankle trying to climb onto a tarp while chasing a pop foul. At 30 years, 222 days, Pujols is the third-youngest player to hit 400 homers. * Agencies