Nats Stephen Strasburg to start Game 4 against Cubs after reported illness

Washington Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg throws against the Chicago Cubs in the seventh inning of Game 1 of baseball's National League Division Series, at Nationals Park, Friday, Oct. 6, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Washington Nationals ace Stephen Strasburg is expected to start in a crucial Game 4 against the Chicago Cubs after he was not expected to play due to an illness.

Nationals manager Dusty Baker said Tuesday Strasburg was too sick to start Game 4. But the Nationals penciled Strasburg in Wednesday as the starter.

MLB Network reporter Jon Morosi first reported Strasburg would take the mound in Wrigley Field Wednesday afternoon.

Pitcher Tanner Roark was originally slated to start in place of Strasburg.

Morosi tweeted he spoke with Strasburg's agent Scott Boras who said the pitcher had "flu-like symptoms" on Tuesday and wouldn't "rule out" him starting.

The 29-year-old had 10 strikeouts in seven innings pitched in a 3-0 Game 1 loss to the Cubs.

The Nats are on the brink of elimination as they face a 2-1 deficit in the National League Divisional Series.

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