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11/06/09 3:01 PM ET

Strasburg scratched from Rising Stars

Neck strain forces 2009 top overall Draft pick to skip start

Nationals phenom Stephen Strasburg has been scratched from his scheduled start on Saturday, the team announced on Friday.

The 21-year-old right-hander is suffering from a muscle strain in his neck, and the club said the move was "for precautionary reasons." He is currently listed as day-to-day.

Strasburg, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft, was scheduled to start for the East Division team in the Rising Stars Game of the Arizona Fall League. Right-hander and fellow Nats first-rounder Drew Storen was also selected for the club.

In four AFL starts, Strasburg is 3-1 with a 5.28 ERA. There is no word yet on when his next AFL start will come.

Angels prospect and Mesa Solar Sox right-hander Tommy Mendoza will start in Strasburg's place, and Nationals right-handed pitching prospect Josh Wilkie will take his place on the roster.

Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.