JUNE 2, 10:23 pm: Today’s MRI revealed nerve irritation in Strasburg’s neck, Martinez told reporters (including Zuckerman). He’ll rest and rehab the injury for now.
JUNE 2, 4:35 pm: The Nationals announced they’ve placed Strasburg on the 10-day injured list with a neck strain. The team didn’t provide a timetable for his potential return. Kyle McGowin was recalled from Triple-A Rochester in a corresponding move.
JUNE 1: Nationals manager Dave Martinez and Washington’s trainer visited with right-hander Stephen Strasburg after he began Tuesday night’s game with a four-pitch walk, and despite some obvious discomfort (noted by Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post), Strasburg stayed in the game. His fastball velocity was down to the point that his four-seamer was registering as a change-up, per Mark Zuckerman of MASNsports.com (via Twitter) who provides some spin rate evidence to back his claim.
Stras would ultimately leave the game early, though it took a 109.6 mph comebacker off the bat of William Contreras to get Strasburg out of the game. The underlying issue, however, was a tight trapezius muscle, noted the Athletic’s Maria Torres and others after the game. The Nats’ right-hander will have an MRI on Wednesday, but whatever the results, Strasburg is clearly not his usual self.
In the meantime, the Nats are running dangerously low on arms. They won Tuesday’s game, but they required seven pitchers to do so. Only Tanner Rainey and Kyle Finnegan were left in the pen by game’s end. Austin Voth earned the win, but in using 50 pitches to get through three innings, he likely rendered himself unavailable for Wednesday. Jon Lester was already scheduled to start Wednesday’s game on short rest, but now they’ll ask the veteran to give them some length as well.
Tomorrow was originally set up to be Erick Fedde’s start, but the Nats did not feel he was stretched out enough to come off the injured list, per Torres. Instead, Fedde will make a rehab start in Single-A on Thursday and prepare to join the Nats over the weekend, tweets Zuckerman. In the meantime, the Nats could choose to option Sam Clay, Wander Suero or Paolo Espino in order to bring up a fresh arm. All three have options remaining. Typically, Washington does not aggressively manage their organizational arms in this way, but given the state of the rotation, it would not be surprising to see them make some kind of move.
Fever Pitch Guy
Thoughts and prayers for a speedy recovery.
Its probably just a tumor.
It’s NOT a toooomer….
@cpdpoet Now who is your daddy, and what does he do?
Is strasburg a hall of famer?
No Sir, Nats fans might think so but definitely not.
Strasburg is no where close to a hall of famer. Not even in the conversation right now.
Curly Was The Smart Stooge
Strasburg started a couple years after Joba Chamberlain(the next Whitey Ford) of the Yanks. I remember both were supposed to be such stars. Chamberlain especially was babied & pulled out of pitching situations. Strasburg was as well, pull him out quick. Although Strasburg has achieved more, they are both a result of “don’t pitch them too much”. Both pitchers have suffered at the hands of babysitters who wouldn’t let them pitch.
old dodger fan
Strasberg and Kershaw came out of HS the same year
One of the worst contracts in baseball along with Corbin.
Strasburg was awful from second one. Corbin wasn’t great but they don’t have a championship without him. I wouldn’t write him off after 2 seasons of 2 months. He has looked solid at times this year.
Yea it sure looks bad. It’s one of those contracts he prob should have been paid a few years ago vs just now signing it. Oh well, the Braves have a rough contract situation as well. Need our NL East rivals to be a part of the misery is some fashion smh…
Bad contracts are a lot less painful when you’ve got a ring and when that player was instrumental in getting it.
Ted.. except the contract came after the ring. Right now, the contract looks bad. Maybe he can turn it around.
Except usually said contract is signed before the WS win not after, so it’s not really the same thing.
The Corbin contract was before the World series win and the Strasburg contract came after.
Don’t forget about Bobby Bonilla, the gift that keeps giving. Every year.
That contract practically costs the Mets nothing and doesn’t restrict them from any moves, tired of people bringing it up.
Paying a premium for starting pitching is a huge risk, and doing so for two arms, one of whom is injured quite often is way too risky. I get it would be hard to let Strasburg go but this was just questionable from the start.
The Mets are down to 15 payments of 1.2M for Bobby B. Including this July 1st. He original debt in 2000 was 5.9M. He was guaranteed 8% interest and deferred to 2011-2035. Brilliant retirement plan. He traded 5.9M for nearly 30M.
I don’t know, Ozuna’s contract is looking a whole lot worse.
Would ozunas contract still need to be paid out ?
It’s to early to tell re Ozuna’s contract. It’ll depend on how the legal ramifications fall. There’s only so much that the MLB league office & MLBPA can do until the actual legal system goes through their part.
Minimum sentence is three years. Maybe the judge can extend it ever so slightly.
The minimum sentence of what he has been charged with means very little. He’ll plead guilty to a lesser charge and spend a small amount of time in jail at most
His contract needs to be paid out as long as he is not suspended. My guess is it will take more than a month to investigate (Callaway) even though there is not much to investigate. He will then be suspended, I think for the rest of the season, and maybe even part of next season.
I really, really hate to say it, but I just have this gnawing feeling that Ozuna has played his last major league game. I am with Braves’ fans in wishing this would all go away, but I don’t see that happening
Problem with Strasburgs contract is that no one is really worth 35 million a year unless the absolute best cast 100th percentile occurs. Even when healthy no way he’s worth that much.
The news isn’t that Strasburg left the start early, but that he made the start in the first place.
Robot pitchers. That’s what the game needs. Programmed each night by some lucky fan.
I like it!
I’m sending all Giants hitters high and tights.
Because, go dodgers.
Chief Two Hands
Just don’t give those robots a heart. I learned that lesson from The Twilight Zone.
Robot umpires first please
This all sounds so familiar…
The Nats are going to need duct tape and popsicle sticks to hold their pitching staff together. That $35M for 7 years of Stras keeps looking worse and worse.
Coming on a night when Rendon is having his best game as an Angel with 5 RBI. Time to wave the white flag when you have worse results on a FA signing than the Halos.
The Athletic or the live chat dude here are talking about the Angels eating money and shipping Rendon & Upton out b/c Ohtani is going to need a new deal soon and it’s pretty untenable to have 4 $30m+ dudes on your roster when you repeatedly finish last in your division.
The Nats and halos both were losers in Rendon FA
Poor Angels. It’s like every single FA they sign is a bust and most look like obvious ones before the ink is dry. Same for years. Don’t like seeing same teams get burned, or they turn into Angelos like Orioles were and mostly stop signing FA after continually signing duds, but halos u never know after tossing away so many millions of big busts.
The Dodgers were the winners.
You can have him back. That’s his first good game all year. He’s Pujols 2.0
Signing a guy who was two years older than he said to a ten year deal and the Josh Hamilton one has really hampered them over the years. In a way, I am happy. They should be called the Anaheim Angels and not the stupid name they have.
Yup. Strasburg is done.
Turns out it didn’t matter who they paid, rendon and stras both stink.
Bryce Harper is amused while watching from his spot on the IL.
Rendon had a ops+ of 146 last year and has been injured for most of this season.
“His four-seamer was registering as a change-up”. That doesn’t sound great! While not the most surprising, it’s another bummer of an injury.
They should make a trade with Cincinnati. The Reds have several position players who can pitch and throw harder than this version of Strasburg.
Can Strasburg play SS?
Eh, I think I’ll perplex him with my slow ball.
Bugs Bunny Academy of Pitching.
I fear this rotation will soon be cast under the dreary shadow of his albatross extension…
Nationals give me post-2014 giants vibes when they extended Belt and Crawford and overpayed for Cueto and Samardzija. Obviously Giants didn’t have a player like Soto though
The Nats rebuild will be interesting. For their sake, I hope Scherzer stays healthy until the deadline so they can get good value in return. Trading him now ahead of the deadline might be the way to go. There would be some excellent offers for all those extra starts. With Castillo struggling in Cincinnati, Scherzer is absolutely the guy to get.
A problem for the Nats is Robles hasn’t shown much. He’s still just 24, but they have resisted moving him up to this point. Doing so now would be selling low, so he must produce for the Nats as does Kieboom. And, of course, they need to make a long commitment to Soto while wading through the looming Scherzer and Corbin disasters.
Did you mean Strasburg? Or are you referring to the deferred $ on Max? I agree that the Nats will be interesting to watch, wasting prime years of Soto is unfortunate, but I’m not sure what else that team can really do at this point.
I believe he’s referring to the fact that this is a walk year for Scherzer and they should get something for him before he leaves.
I think he meant Strasburg. As it stands now, the Nationals will owe Scherzer 105 million. Even though it is a lot of money, I think he will have been worth it. He is still pitching at a high level in the last year of the deal. The Corbin and Strasburg contracts will burden the Nationals for many years to come. The Strasburg contact just puzzles me. Did Mike Rizzo think that just because Strasburg was healthy in 2019 that he would be healthy for the next seven years? Is he just starting out in baseball?
They could get a haul for Soto…………
Scherzer would come with a huge payroll tax hit for most of the teams who could afford him. The Nats would probably need to eat most of his salary to make it work. Assuming he’d even agree to a trade.
Maybe he could just retire but that is wishful thinking.
As far as I know, Scherzer is getting 15 this season and 15 is deferred. The deferred would be in 28.
Are you suggesting the Reds trade for Scherzer? That does not make much sense. As for Kieboom, I remember commenting when his brother retired that Carter might do the same in a couple of years. I might be right. He isn’t even hitting at AAA.
Why come did David Bote not get the love from Major League baseball trade rumors and injury report innuendo when he came out of a game early? When will this blatant favoritism of the Hollywood a-list of Major League baseball prone to injury players cease to pass? Ink wiring minds want to know! (That was a 20 character tweet originally but in the good old-fashioned Major League baseball trade rumors and injury report innuendo way I expounded it to a huge paragraph!) As always we await developments.
I think they have just one person working at night. It wouldn’t kill you to be a little patient, would it?
You’re claiming Hollywood-favoritism on an article about a Washington Nationals pitcher?
It makes sense. Unless the Cubs are your favorite team, Bote is uninteresting to the general baseball public. Strasberg is big money and will get much more national attention. That’s what brings about the favoritism, a big salary and big name. The more clicks on a artcle, the more attention Strasburg gets. Honestly, I haven’t read an article about Bote and am unconcerned. He’s just one of those guys who is here and gone in short time. Tons of injuries across MLB, so it matters little. Call me names, it is okay.
David Bote isn’t that good.
Because no one cares about David Bote
“Why come did?”
Because it just did.
I think you’re trying to be funny, but you suck at it.
You realize the owner of MLBTR is a big Cubs fan, right?
This seems like a repeat article.
At least they got a championship with Strasburg, and they also got their money worth from Scherzer. Still don’t beat the bad contract of Chris Davis.
They re-upped Strasburg AFTER the championship. Bad as it would have looked to let to stars go post-title, the Strasburg deal came with more than a normal risk.
It was a huge risk. Don’t know why ownership went along with it.
“He wasn’t his usual self” well I beg to differ he’s going on the IL which for him is quite usual.
and the Braves still couldn’t win. Braves are in a pretty pathetic state right now.
@getrealgone2 The entire NL East is. Even the Mets decent record isn’t as good as it should be. I don’t know what happened to this division.
Ain’t that the truth!
Strasburg has a well document history on the IL, so no surprises here
Scherzer to the Blue Jays makes perfect sense
Blue jays suck with him or without him.
Probably doesn’t make sense for them to go after a rental pitcher.
If it wasn’t for this being serious to his general well being and his career, this situation is laughable. Nothing funny about it though. Mr. IL is back on his favorite list. Nats should get some kind of refund. Any of us miss time like this, we get fired.
How about signing someone durable for only a million like xFIP 4.30 pitcher Volstad who has never been injured in his long MLB career?
These guys just yell “muscle strain” and head to the DL whenever they have a bad game.
Pretty sure that’s not at all how it works
He’s a starter on my ALL-IL team!
I read the Lou Gehrig piece on MLB.com and today’s players are not only soft but they have no heart. Mr. Gehrig played through so many injuries in his career out of loyalty to the team that paid him and his teammates, something today’s players know nothing about. Can you imagine if a player back then missed time for a bruise or a mild strain? He’d be laughed out of the league and the media would lambaste him unmercifully. This guy, Strasburg, misses so much time it’s ridiculous. What’s more ridiculous is the contract he received from the Nats. The team that should know better than any other team just how soft he is. He’s played 12 seasons and doesn’t even have 120 wins. He averages 20 starts a year. It’s time for teams and their owners to stop paying these insane salaries only to watch as players miss game after game with minor bumps and bruises. It’s choking the game out, after all who wants to watch AAA players play at the major league level. Ticket prices are so high and when you take your kids to the game to see their favorite players only to find out that they’re out with a bruise on their thumb it makes it really difficult to want to go back.
Not saying I agree or disagree with you, but my two cents…
For pitchers in particular, even a “mild” injury could snowball into something bigger.
Say his neck is bothering him; maybe it forces him to compensate for that by putting more stress on his shoulder or elbow, therefore potentially leading to a more significant injury.
I’d have to assume there are guys in the past who would’ve had longer and more successful careers had they not pushed when something seemingly minor may have been bothering them at the time.
Hey Mystery Team, I agree 100%!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The doctors saw a shadow on Strasburg’s MRI. That means 6 more years of Strasburg in DC! Ouch…
He is hurt again. That is his usual self. I have no idea why Mike Rizzo signed him to such a huge contract given his injury history. It looks like the Nationals will have two huge contracts (Corbin and Strasburg) preventing them from what they need to do. How do you think the Anaheim Angels feel about the Pujols (who was born in 78) and Hamilton contracts?