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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.

Twitter poll: Should Strasburg be considered for All-Star team?

I asked a question to my Twitter followers on Saturday: Do you think Nats right-hander Stephen Strasburg should be considered for the 2010 All-Star Game? Why?

Of the 50 people who responded, 43 of them said Strasburg should be considered, while nine said Strasburg should rest during the All-Star break. Two followers were not sure when the question was asked. Here is what some of the Twitter followers had to say.

@LetTeddyWin: They should plan his turn in the rotation around it.

@kevin_reiss: Strasburg should go, but not at the expense of Ryan Zimmerman.

@Natss9: He started only three games even though he has been outstanding. I would have to say no. Well, if he is this good after 7 games then yes!

@RedZou: No, let him rest him rest during the All-Star break. He’s good enough, but he’s ours.

@OlkinComm: No, not after only a few starts. Even if he were voted in, Nats shouldn’t send him. Why waste innings, risk injury?

@natsboy: No. Because A-S game should reward accomplishment, not talent. He will not have accomplished enough after 7 starts.

@mikecarlucci: Why not? The ASG is just as much a “who’s hot” as it is “who’s the best” and Strasburg is as hot as they come.

@jenjensn: Well, it is a popularity contest. He’s pretty popular.

@jypaulos: Not sure. He would add some interest, but I’m not sure he’s been in the Majors long enough to earn All-Star recognition.

@thebrowncoat: Absolutely. If he’s one of the best pitchers in the NL.  He deserves to be there.

@IND_Sports_Cubs: No, he’s had three starts. He has the talent but has not been an “All-Star” this year.

@DArkMEATHOOK: He’s a pitcher. He’s putting up good stats. He should be considered. Selected, probably not.

@robmille: if Strasburg keeps pitching like this, they should consider him — not for the starter, but he is pitching amazingly

@chrisduckworth: If the coaches select Strasburg, why not?

@TahlequahSports: I say no to Strasburg on the All-Star team only because of the limited amount of work. What about the guys with 10+ starts?

@Pauly360: Absolutely! People want to see him face the best hitters in the league. What better place than the All-Star Game?

@churchofbasebal: You have to be kidding me. That’s the most ridiculous thing I’ve heard in a long time. Get some perspective!

@IBALLZACH: Not just yet.  But if he keeps pitching like he is for a couple more starts then, yes, he should be considered.

@TheNatsBlog: If he keeps pitching this way from now on, of course.

@HendoDC: Yes, absolutely. Excellence should be recognized, and he’ll be a ratings draw.

@RealRedskins: Absolutely. If he’s one of the best pitchers, why not? 

Twitter Poll: Should Strasburg, Storen be in Majors?

I asked a question to my Twitter followers on Sunday morning: If you were in Mike Rizzo’s shoes, would you promote Nats right-handers Stephen Strasburg and Drew Storen to the Major Leagues now or later? Why?

Of the 50 people who responded, 25 of them said bring them up to the  big leagues, while the rest believe there isn’t a need to rush the prospects. Here is what some of the Twitter followers had to say.
     
@rickyh17:  I would not promote them yet. Let them get in some more experience at Triple A first.

@Sultan_of_Stat: Bring up Strasburg now if John Lannan is to miss more games, otherwise wait. Bring up Storen now to take some pressure off Tyler Clippard.

@SacksJacked: I’m for Stras now. If he’s ready, he’s ready. Don’t worry about the financial stuff. It seems to be more noise than it really is.

@wynams: The season is long. The Nats are doing well now. Rushing players too fast could be devastating.

@LarryTheSequel: I’d do it now. Both are performing well at Triple-A and they may as well get their MLB bumps and bruises sooner than later.

@Natss9: I would bring them up for the Reds series in June. The Nats have gone this far. I don’t see why they should deviate from the plan.

@JoeBHokie: Wait. The pitching is good now. Jordan Zimmermann, Chien-Ming Wang and Jason Marquis are in the wings. The kids need low stress innings and Nats get an extra contract year.

@rfish15: Bring up Storen now, if Brian Bruney doesn’t come around. Strasburg can wait until June. Less pressure on SS waiting. See where the team is then. 

@SodaPop6548: They are both doing well, but still need some experience. Don’t rush them into the Majors!

@DArkMEATHOOK: I’d promote both after two or more Triple-A appearances. Seem like both can help out the ballclub.

@Michaeljenk: Strasburg for sure and not just because of his potential. His performance in the Minors shows that he’s ready.

@NotRizzo: I would hold Storen back till June to ensure he isn’t a Super 2, since he can pitch all the way to October without an innings limit. 

@Terpsrule: Storen yes, because he’s had a year in the system. Strasburg, not net. A few more games in Syracuse, then come on down Stephen!

@nat_meg: Stras, no. Starting pitching has been pretty solid.

@Dwade: This team isn’t quite there yet. The playoffs aren’t in the cards this year, so why start their service clocks?

@Jake_Titleman39: Wait until June. We save money and we hope were still in the playoff race so those guys become even more important. 

@jcj5y: They need Storen more right now. I would be sorely tempted. No on Strasburg until June.

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