There may be a simple explanation for Stephen Strasburg's rough start against the Padres on Tuesday.
Nationals manager Davey Johnson offered that his ace had a pain-relieving cream mishap before the first inning.
"Somehow it got in the wrong place," Johnson said. "I don't know all the details. Not an ideal way to start -- all kinds of little things going against us."
Strasburg, who looked uncomfortable early in the game and allowed four runs in four innings, declined to comment.
"Yeah, let's keep that in the clubhouse," Strasburg said.