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Strasburg ready to go back on field

A month after having elbow reconstruction, Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg said he had his cast removed two weeks ago, is close to having his range of motion and should be rehabbing his right elbow soon.

Strasburg, who is continuing his studies at San Diego State University, said he watches the Nationals on regular basis and acknowledged that it’s sometimes hard to watch them because he is not out there. Strasburg is expected to be back on a Major League by the end of next year. 

“I wish I was out there with everybody,”  Strasburg said during a conference call. “I think the hardest part was being back [in California] and waiting for the surgery to happen. Once it was over with, it was  sense of relief. I knew everything was fixed and I’m closer to getting back out there.”

Strasburg was the talk of baseball after making his Major League debut on June 8 against the Pirates. A sellout crowd of 40,315 at Nationals Park saw Strasburg allow just four hits, and his 14 strikeouts established a club record. The 14 strikeouts by Strasburg in a Major League debut were one shy of the all-time mark of 15 set by Karl Spooner in 1954 and J.R. Richard in ’71.

But his season came to an end after he felt pain in the elbow on Aug. 21 against the Phillies.  Strasburg would have surgery a couple of weeks later. Strasburg made 12 starts and went 5-3 with a 2.91 ERA.

“I’m chalking it up as a great season,” Strasburg said.  “It’s unfortunate for this to happen. While I was out there, I had more people become Nats fans. I know there are going to be there when I come back in a year. I’m not too worried about it. I’ll know I’m going to work as hard as I possibly can, be back out there and show people what I can bring to the table.”

Strasburg needs Tommy John surgery

Rookie right-hander Stephen Strasburg has a significant tear in his ulnar collateral ligament and will likely undergo Tommy John surgery, the Nationals announced in a conference call on Friday.

Strasburg, who was originally placed on the disabled list because of a flexor strain in his right forearm, had an arthrogram performed on Thursday to determine if something is seriously wrong, and doctors found ligament damage in the elbow.

“He is going to go out and attack his rehab and get ready to pitch better than he has in the past,” general manager Mike Rizzo said.

Strasburg will seek a second opinion from Dr. Louis Yocum in Southern California before the Nationals make a final decision on surgery. But the club believes that surgery is necessary. Strasburg is expected to be 100 percent in between 12 and 18 months.

“We feel there is a significant tear and there is going to be Tommy John surgery,” Rizzo said. “Louis Yocum is one of the leading experts in this field. We are certainly going to listen to what he says, but I anticipate Stephen will have Tommy John surgery.”

The Nationals knew about the test results as early as Thursday afternoon, but Strasburg requested that the release of the news be delayed because he didn’t want to put a damper on the news conference introducing Bryce Harper — taken by the Nats No. 1 overall in this June’s First-Year Player Draft — to the media.

“We are going to take this news, persevere, move on and get our rotation intact,” Rizzo said. “It’s depressing, but I look at the brighter side. I look to Tommy John as a surgery that has great success.

“We have a big, powerful 23-year-old right-handed pitcher with power stuff. The success rate for guys coming back from Tommy John and retaining that stuff is very good. We saw two examples of it on the mound yesterday with Chris Carpenter and Jordan Zimmermann. We saw Tim Hudson come back from Tommy John surgery in Atlanta.”

According to a baseball source, Strasburg was devastated when told he may have Tommy John surgery. According to the source, Strasburg said, “What are you talking about? I feel fine. I feel nothing.”

Strasburg, who was not available for comment, hurt his forearm on Saturday in an 8-1 Nationals victory over the Phillies. With the Nats leading, 5-1, and one out in the fifth, Strasburg was facing Phillies outfielder Domonic Brown when — on a 1-1 pitch — he grimaced in pain and shook his right arm.

Strasburg then motioned for the Nationals’ trainer to come to the mound. Manager Jim Riggleman, pitching coach Steve McCatty and head athletic trainer Lee Kuntz came out to see what was wrong with Strasburg, who wanted to stay in the game but left a few moments later.

On Sunday, Strasburg underwent an MRI on the forearm, and the team doctor didn’t like what he saw, so Strasburg had to wait until the swelling subsided before undergoing an arthrogram.

Almost immediately, Strasburg became the ace of the Nationals’ staff, going 5-3 with a 2.91 ERA in the first 12 starts of his career. He currently leads the Nationals in strikeouts with 92.

This marks the second time Strasburg has needed to be shut down because of an injury. On July 28, Strasburg was scratched from his start against the Braves after experiencing right shoulder stiffness during his warmups in the bullpen.

Instead, reliever Miguel Batista made the spot start for Washington and delivered a brilliant effort, throwing five scoreless innings in his first start of the season to help the Nationals shut out Braves, 3-0.

Strasburg, the No 1. overall pick in the 2009 Draft, was warming up just minutes before that game when McCatty and Kuntz noticed that something was wrong with the righty after eight pitches. Strasburg told McCatty that he was stiff but could pitch in the game.

Riggleman and Rizzo were informed of Strasburg’s arm issue, and Rizzo pulled the plug on Strasburg’s start. Strasburg was placed on the DL the next day.

Strasburg likely headed to disabled list

Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg is likely headed to the 15-day disabled list because of a strained flexor tendon in his right forearm, according to a baseball source.

The team may not make the move until Thursday, when he is scheduled to make his next start.

Strasburg hurt the forearm on Saturday in an 8-1 victory over the Phillies. With the Nationals leading, 5-1, with one out in the fifth, Strasburg was facing Phillies outfielder Domonic Brown. On a 1-1 pitch, Strasburg threw a ball, but was grimacing in pain after the pitch and shaking his right arm. 

Strasburg then motioned the trainer to come to the mound. Riggleman, pitching coach Steve McCatty and head athletic trainer Lee Kuntz came to see what was wrong with Strasburg, who wanted to stay in the game, but left a few minutes later.

Strasburg threw 4 1/3 innings, allowing one run on two hits, striking out six batters and walking none. He threw 56 pitches, including 38 strikes.

It marked the second time Strasburg had to be shut down because of an injury. On July 28, Strasburg was scratched from his start against the Braves after experiencing shoulder stiffness during his warm-ups in the bullpen.

Instead, reliever Miguel Batista made the spot start for Washington. And he delivered with a brilliant effort, throwing five scoreless innings in his first start of the season as the Nationals shut out Braves, 3-0.

Strasburg, the No 1. overall pick in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft, was warming up just minutes before the game when McCatty and Kuntz noticed that something was wrong with the righty after eight pitches. Strasburg told McCatty that he was stiff but could pitch in the game.

Riggleman and general manager Mike Rizzo were informed about Strasburg’s problem, with Rizzo pulling the plug on Strasburg’s start. Strasburg was placed on the disabled list the next day.

Strasburg leaves game with injury [Updated]

Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg left Saturday’s 8-1 victory over the Phillies with a strained flexor tendon in his right forearm.

General manger Mike Rizzo said Strasburg will undergo an MRI exam in Washington on Sunday and the team hopes to have the results the next day. Rizzo declined to say if Strasburg is finished for the season.

“You are always concerned when your pitcher leaves in a middle of a game, but we are going to see what the MRI says and we will react accordingly,” Rizzo said.

With the Nationals leading, 5-1, with one out in the fifth, Strasburg was facing Domonic Brown. On a 1-1 pitch, Strasburg threw a ball, but was grimacing in pain and shaking his right arm.

“It’s [too bad] that he got hurt. [Home plate umpire] Brian [O’Nora] said he heard something pop,” Phillies center fielder Shane Victorino said.

Strasburg then motioned the trainer to come to the mound. Manager Jim Riggleman, pitching coach Steve McCatty and head athletic trainer Lee Kuntz came to the mound to see what was wrong with Strasburg, who wanted to stay in the game, but left a few minutes later.

Riggleman said he would have kept a veteran like Livan Hernandez in the game if he had asked to stay in, but not a rookie like Strasburg.

“[Strasburg] said I feel good. I don’t even feel anything. I want to keep pitching. We choose not to do that,” Riggleman said.

Strasburg threw 4 1/3 innings, allowing one run on two hits, striking out six batters and walking none. He threw 56 pitches, including 38 strikes.

“He was throwing the ball very well,” Riggleman said.  “You hate to see anybody show some signs that they are a little tender out there. Certainly with Stephen, we are going to be a little careful. We just hope for the best. He’s get looked at tomorrow and hopefully get good news.”

Right-hander Craig Stammen entered the game to finish off the inning. Stammen saw what was going on with Strasburg and figured that he would have to get in the game right away.

“I was the only one in the bullpen who actually saw him shake his arm,” Stammen said. “And I looked in the dugout. I said ‘Oh, oh, that might be me [coming into the game].’ I didn’t know if I was going to throw in the bullpen or go straight to the mound. I went straight to the mound. That’s what I did.

“The only question was, how many pitches I was going to throw. It was kind of awkward because everyone was waiting for the game to start and I was trying to get loose.”

It marks the second time Strasburg had to be shut down because of an injury. On July 28, Strasburg was scratched from his start against the Braves after experiencing shoulder stiffness during his warm ups in the bullpen.

Instead, reliever Miguel Batista made the spot start for Washington. And he delivered with a brilliant effort, throwing five scoreless innings in his first start of the season as the Nationals shut out Braves, 3-0.

Strasburg,  the No 1. overall pick in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft, was warming up just minutes before the game when McCatty and Kuntz noticed that something was wrong with the righty after eight pitches. Strasburg told McCatty that he was stiff but could pitch in the game.

Riggleman and Rizzo were informed about Strasburg’s problem, with Rizzo pulling the plug on Strasburg’s start. Strasburg was placed on the disabled list the next day. He didn’t return to the mound until Aug. 10.

Strasburg has bullpen session

Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg had a bullpen session without any problems on Thursday, according to pitching coach Steve McCatty. The news comes two days after Strasburg had his worst outing of his Major League career.

During the session, McCatty told Strasburg to not think too much about his mechanics and just think about getting hitters out. Strasburg, who allowed a career-high six runs in 4 1/3 innings against the Marlins, acknowledged that he didn’t have problems with his right shoulder, which placed him on the disabled list on July 29. However, he didn’t have command of any of his pitches. He said he worried too much about his mechanics and wanted to make sure he didn’t hurt his shoulder again.

“We know our mechanics but we can’t think about our mechanics [while we’re on the mound].” McCatty said. “You have to trust yourself to make competitive pitches at the time. If we worry about where we are and everything being perfect and all that — like mechanics– it takes away what we are trying to do with the hitter. We’re always worried about mechanics. We just have to worry about that guy.

“You would be amazed at how your mechanics will really work if just trust it and not worry about it all the time. Trust yourself to make the pitches and the results that you want. There is a good chance you are going to have success.”

Strasburg, the ace of the Nationals’ pitching staff, will pitch against the Diamondbacks on Sunday. He has pitched in 10 games and is 5-3 with a 3.07 ERA. He leads Washington with 79 strikeouts.  

 

Strasburg DVD worth watching

The first 15,000 fans to attend Thursday’s game between the Nats and Marlins will receive a commemorative DVD of Stephen Strasburg’s historic debut against the Pirates on June 8.

Making his Major League debut after 11 sensational Minor League starts, Strasburg pitched seven innings of two-run ball against Pittsburgh, earning the win and striking out 14 in the Nats’ 5-2 victory.

Delwyn Young’s two-run home run with two outs in the fourth was the only damage against Strasburg.

A sellout crowd of 40,315 saw Strasburg allow just four hits, and his 14 strikeouts established a club record. The 14 strikeouts by Strasburg in a Major League debut were one shy of the all-time mark of 15 set by Karl Spooner in 1954 and J.R. Richard in ’71. Even more amazing was that he struck out no more than nine batters in a game when pitching in the Minor Leagues.

Strasburg, who did the job without looking at scouting reports, threw 94 pitches, 65 for strikes, and didn’t walk a batter. The righty retired his final 10 batters, striking out his last seven.

Presented by Harris Teeter, the DVD will contain MASN’s broadcast coverage of the entire game as well as bonus features, including post-game interviews, highlights and a “Know Your Nats” segment with Strasburg.

 

Balester optioned to make way for Strasburg

After Sunday’s 8-3 loss to the Dodgers, the Nationals optioned right-hander Collin Baletser to Triple-A Syracuse and will activate right-hander Stephen Strasburg from the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday.

Balester, who was not available for comment, appeared in six games and allowed four runs in 6 2/3 innings. Opponents hit .333 against him. With Balester gone, right-handers Miguel Batista and Craig Stammen are Washington’s long men out of the bullpen.

As for Strasburg, he will pitch against the Marlins on Tuesday. It will be his first start since July 21 against the Reds. He missed his last three starts because of shoulder stiffness. Strasburg, the ace of Washington’s pitching staff, is 5-2 with a 2.32 ERA in nine starts.  

Strasburg to play catch this weekend

Look for Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg to play catch as early as Saturday or Sunday at Nationals Park, according to manager Jim Riggleman.

Strasburg was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Thursday retroactive to July 22 because of shoulder stiffness. There is no timetable on when he will make his next start.

“I know that he has felt better each day,” manager Jim Riggleman said. “I think he feels very normal today. I don’t know how much better it’s going to feel. I don’t think he is going to know until he goes out and plays catch at this point.”

Strasburg most likely will travel with the Nationals to the West Coast starting Sunday night. They will play a four-game series against the Diamondbacks and then a play a three-game series against the Dodgers after that.

Strasburg placed on 15-day disabled list [Updated]

The Nationals have placed right-hander Stephen Strasburg on the 15-day disabled list because of right shoulder stiffness and activated left-hander Scott Olsen, who is pitching against the Braves on Thursday afternoon.

Strasburg, 22, will not throw for the next three or four days, and his right shoulder will be reevaluated by the team after that.

However, Strasburg said his shoulder feels a lot better than it did on Tuesday, when he was scratched from his start against the Braves, but he would not say when he would make his next start. Strasburg indicated that he was hurting the previous two days.

Reliever Miguel Batista made the spot start for Washington and delivered a brilliant effort, throwing five scoreless innings in his first start of the season as the Nationals shut out Braves, 3-0.

“It’s what’s best for the team,” Strasburg said about going on the DL. “Obviously having Miguel Batista as a reliever, we’re going to need him in the bullpen. We can’t really rely on him to go out there and start. I’m just going to keep working hard, and when they activate me, I’ll be ready to go.

“They’re taking every precaution with me, It’s doing great already, making big strides, so [I’ll] just keep getting better, keep getting stronger and when the time comes, I’m going to be ready to go.”

With Strasburg not pitching Sunday against the Phillies, the team has to decide who will take his place.

One thing is certain, right-hander Jason Marquis will not pitch on three days’ rest like Ross Detwiler did Sunday against the Brewers. Marquis pitched Wednesday, allowing four runs in five innings for Triple-A Syracuse.

It also appears that right-hander Livan Hernandez will not pitch on short rest after throwing just 4 1/3 innings and allowing three runs on six hits against the Braves on Wednesday.  

However, left-handers John Lannan and Matt Chico are candidates to make the start. Lannan is having an up-and-down season in the Minor Leagues. In seven starts for Double-A Harrisburg, Lannan is 1-4 with a 4.20 ERA.

Chico is having a solid season in the Minor Leagues, going a combined 6-6 with a 3.46 ERA in 19 starts for Harrisburg and Syracuse.

The Nationals could also go back to Batista. As of Thursday afternoon, Batista was not told if he would start against the Phillies.

Nats need starter for Sunday

With Stephen Strasburg not pitching Sunday against the Phillies, the team has to decide who will take his place.

One thing is certain, right-hander Jason Marquis will not pitch on three days’ rest like Ross Detwiler did Sunday against the Brewers. Marquis pitched Wednesday, allowing four runs in five innings for Triple-A Syracuse.

It also appears that right-hander Livan Hernandez will not pitch on short rest after throwing just 4 1/3 innings and allowing three runs on six hits against the Braves on Wednesday.  

However, left-handers John Lannan and Matt Chico are candidates to make the start. Lannan is having an up-and down- season in the Minor Leagues. In seven starts for Double-A Harrisburg, Lannan is 1-4 with a 4.20 ERA.

Chico is having a solid season in the Minor Leagues this season, going a combined 6-6 with a 3.46 ERA in 19 starts for Harrisburg and Syracuse.

The Nationals could also go back to right-hander Miguel Batista, who pitched five shutout innings in Strasburg’s place on Tuesday. As of Wednesday afternoon, Batista was not told if he would start against the Phillies.

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