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Strasburg plays catch, heads to D.C.

Aug 22, 2010, 4:14 PM EST

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
Stephen Strasburg was pulled in the fifth inning of last night’s game.

PHILADELPHIA — Stephen Strasburg went through his typical day-after-start workout — including playing catch — this morning at Citizens Bank Park before heading back to Washington to undergo an MRI on the strained forearm that forced him out of last night’s game in the fifth inning.

The rookie right-hander, who left without speaking to reporters, won’t know what the club’s plan for him will be until results of the MRI are known later tonight or early tomorrow.

Mike Rizzo did emphasize that Strasburg has not been shut down at this point. The Nats GM also said Strasburg had a very similar experience while in college and wound up staying in the game without reporting any problems.

I’ll have a full story with quotes on in a little while and will link to it here…

UPDATE AT 2:25 P.M.Here is the full Strasburg story on

  1. Anonymous - Aug 22, 2010 at 4:24 PM

    SHUT HIM DOWN there is no reason except greed by the Lerner family to put him on the mound again!!! I believe both Patterson and Hill had several "workouts" afterwards so the Nats could say nothing was wrong with them!!!

  2. Anonymous - Aug 22, 2010 at 4:28 PM

    Yep, they should definitely shut him down … they've got plenty of ammunition to bring up from the minors at this point starting with Jordan Zimmermann.

  3. Anonymous - Aug 22, 2010 at 4:29 PM

    Mark,How many innings is SS up to already? (minors and majors).In this discussion we should also keep in mind that SS throws more pitches per inning than other pitchers; he is typically at 90-100 pitches through 5 or 6 innings.

  4. Anonymous - Aug 22, 2010 at 4:33 PM

    I want Strasburg on the mound opening day 2011; we can stomach the rest of this year without him. The posters who say that the Nats are babying him are plain ridiculous; of course they are babying him. Why on earth wouldn't you? The dumbest comment said that since he wanted to stay they should have let him. I can't even begin to analyze that genius line of thinking.

  5. Peanuts and Cracker Jack - Aug 22, 2010 at 4:44 PM

    Let him play!

  6. Anonymous - Aug 22, 2010 at 5:15 PM

    Why not keep SS around for his bat, after all he's just shown us that he can be a valuable RBI man!

  7. AD - Aug 22, 2010 at 5:25 PM

    The flexor tendons of the forearm control the fingers, not the elbow. Tommy John doesn't seem likely from what information they're making available. It's also important to remember that most pitchers who overwork muscles/tendons do so deep in the minor leagues where no one ever hears about it. They recover, and so will Stras. I doubt that they'll shut him down if the injury is the way they've described it. We need him healthy!

  8. Anonymous - Aug 22, 2010 at 5:26 PM

    In an eariler thread, someone said he hopes SS doesn't become a fragile pitcher. IMHO he's already shown that, sadly, he is fragile and not up the the rigors of a major league career. Sigh. I hope I'm wrong. I hope he makes his next start, and every subsequent start for the next 15 or 18 years.

  9. slopitchtom - Aug 22, 2010 at 5:26 PM

    Too early yet to make a decision to shut him down or not. Let's wait for the MRI results. If he has to go on the DL then shut him down for the year. If it's nothing serious let him continue to pitch.

  10. Anonymous - Aug 22, 2010 at 6:42 PM

    Someone is putting out bad info here!! Mark you say he played catch before the game while Charlie and Dave say he ran and stretched and did not touch a baseball and will not until after the MRI comes back!

  11. NatsFanTom - Aug 22, 2010 at 8:26 PM

    No need to badmouth the Lerners. They've improved as owners a lot in the last season or two. No question that they didn't make the best decisions earlier, but they are on a pretty good roll here – they ponied up serious bucks in the draft, and the Nats came out ahead of all other teams. As for SS, he'll play if they think he's OK, and they won't play him if they think he's not OK. Don't assume that it's all about evil short term greedy intentions.

  12. Anonymous - Aug 22, 2010 at 8:31 PM

    NatsFanTom,You mean they won't decide based on the opinions of this board?I am shocked; I thought we were making the call.

  13. Anonymous - Aug 22, 2010 at 9:13 PM

    Congrats on the interview with the 4-letters Mark!

  14. natsfan1a - Aug 22, 2010 at 10:39 PM

    Good one, anon @ 4:31.Thanks for the ESPN heads up, anon @ 5:13.

  15. N. Cognito - Aug 23, 2010 at 12:01 AM

    Anonymous said… "Mark,How many innings is SS up to already? (minors and majors)."Quit being so lazy and look it up yourself!

  16. Stephen Kammerman - Aug 23, 2010 at 4:42 AM

    If the manager puts him in for even one more game, he should be fired immediately. For a downtrodden franchise lucky enough to draft the biggest pitching prospect in a generation, they would mortgage their entire future for what….a meaningless September game? NOT WORTH IT.





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