General Writing and Grammar Help/necessity of comma


Is a comma required after "object" in the sentence below?

I looked in my grammar book.  It seems like a cliff hanger, but I'm not sure.  The sentence seems like it would be okay with or without the comma.  

Strewn partially across this mysterious object, was a small, white sheet.

Hi Paty!

Sorry for the delay, but thanks for waiting!

Very simply, I personally think it's inappropriate there.  It seems to add a very unnecessary and even disruptive break between the noun and the verb.  I suppose a case could be made for putting a comma there, but there certainly isn't any grammar rule that I know of that would say it's required.

Hope that helps!

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