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Nationals may give players, Stephen Strasburg IVs to deal with record heat streak

(Dave Tulis/AP)

Strasburg was pulled after three innings on Saturday, matching the shortest start of his career, with dehydration because of record-setting heat in Atlanta. That day’s high was 106 degrees but it felt like much more on the field. Despite doing the best he could to load his body with fluids before the game, Strasburg needed three IVs following the start.

Upon hearing that Braves starter Tim Hudson normally receives an IV the day he pitches, Johnson said he thought it was a good idea for Strasburg. Johnson said the medical staff was prepared to give IVs before or after Friday’s game.

“We’re contemplating IVs today,” Johnson said. “Stay tuned.”

The forecast calls for a high of 103 degrees for Saturday’s afternoon game.

To avoid the heat and humidity, Johnson said the team would take batting practice in the batting cages inside the stadium instead of on the field before the game. But the team was on the field before Friday’s game.

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