Stephen Strasburg’s status remains unclear. (Ross D. Franklin/Associated Press)

CHICAGO — When the Nationals placed Stephen Strasburg on the disabled list with a right elbow impingement on July 27, Manager Dusty Baker insisted the right-hander would miss just one start.

“We just backed up Stras just for precaution. He’ll miss one turn,” Baker said at the time. “Good thing, this is where the 10-day DL comes into effect, to help him.”

Strasburg, however, will miss at least two starts — and perhaps more. On Friday, Strasburg said he had made significant progress in recent days and was scheduled to throw a bullpen at Wrigley Field before the Nationals faced the Cubs. But on Saturday, the Nationals stopped short of saying Strasburg had thrown a bullpen session.

Baker said General Manager Mike Rizzo told him that Strasburg had thrown a bullpen “I think two days ago, or something like that” before he asked a spokesperson when exactly that was. The spokesperson said Strasburg is “still just in his throwing program.” The club’s official update later was “he’s continuing to progress in his throwing program.”

Even if he did throw a bullpen Friday, Strasburg will miss at least a second start because he hasn’t thrown the simulated game Baker maintained he’d have to do before returning. Asked if Strasburg would have to go on a rehab assignment before returning, Baker said he didn’t know.

“We haven’t addressed that, either,” Baker said. “You guys are kind of ahead of our information base. I heard he was getting better.”

For now, the Nationals will continue filling Strasburg’s spot in the starting rotation with Erick Fedde. The club officially recalled the right-hander from Class AAA Syracuse and placed Gio Gonzalez on the paternity leave list Saturday morning. Baker had said the move was coming Friday, when he announced that Fedde would make his second career start Sunday against the Cubs.

Fedde, 24, had been optioned Wednesday, but didn’t pitch for Syracuse, after allowing seven runs across four innings in his major league debut last Sunday against the Rockies.

Brian Goodwin CF
Wilmer Difo SS
Bryce Harper RF
Ryan Zimmerman 1B
Daniel Murphy 2B
Anthony Rendon 3B
Adam Lind LF
Matt Wieters C
Edwin Jackson RHP

CUBS (57-51)
Jon Jay CF
Kris Bryant 3B
Anthony Rizzo 1B
Willson Contreras LF
Ben Zobrist 2B
Alex Avila C
Jason Heyward RF
Javier Baez SS
John Lackey RHP

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