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Strasburg fine after brief scare

Mar 22, 2013, 9:43 PM EST

Associated Press
Steve McCatty, Lee Kuntz and Davey Johnson watch Stephen Strasburg throw.

VIERA, Fla. — The ball came screaming off Prince Fielder's bat, struck Stephen Strasburg's left arm and then careened into shallow center field as the crowd of 7,199 at Space Coast Stadium let out a collective gasp followed by a momentary holding of the breath as the Nationals' trainer and pitching coach jogged to the mound to check on their ace.

In the end, there was nothing for everyone to be worried about. The fourth-inning comebacker caught Strasburg on the fleshy pad of his left thumb, not on a less-protected part of his hand, wrist or forearm. And after a couple minutes spent getting the feeling back in the hand and then throwing a couple of warm-up tosses, Strasburg was back to his old self, striking out a pair of Tigers to end the inning and continue his Grapefruit League start unabated.

"It's fine," the right-hander insisted afterward. "It just kind of numbed up a little bit out there. It's a little tender, but nothing crazy."

The Nationals haven't had any real serious injury scares this spring, one of many reasons why this team feels like it's well-positioned to storm out of the gates strong when the season opens in 10 days.Read more »

  1. Doc - Mar 22, 2013 at 10:46 PM

    Watched the game on MLB.What's with Stras's 89 mph fastballs about which even Carp and F.P. were confounded? Was the speed gun broken?

  2. SonnyG10 - Mar 22, 2013 at 10:51 PM

    I didn't see Stras today. I didn't realize the game was on MASN until the seventh inning, when Wild Man Henry was on the mound. Except for the scare, sounds like his day went well. I hope the tenderness in his left thumb doesn't last.

  3. baseballswami - Mar 22, 2013 at 11:06 PM

    Re-running it now on MASN.

  4. peric - Mar 22, 2013 at 11:37 PM

    Stras can't do what Harper does … he can't throw 99 throughout the spring … not the 2nd year back from TJ. They are going to continue to closely monitor him and keep his pitch count within reason. I wouldn't worry about the speed of his fastball during the spring.

  5. Ghost Of Steve M. - Mar 22, 2013 at 11:40 PM

    Good news on Stras!

  6. baseballswami - Mar 22, 2013 at 11:43 PM

    Listening to McCatty, it sounds like he doesn't actually have his guys pitching to specific hitters. He really does have them working on things, even though we make fun of that phrase. He had SS working on going inside over and over , even if the hitter knew, just to keep repeating it. No need to throw the ultimate gas at this point , when command is the important skill. I loved hearing McCatty and he obviously knows what he is doing. The man has got some game. And he is amusing, in a gruff, curmudgeonly sort of a way.

  7. Ghost Of Steve M. - Mar 22, 2013 at 11:44 PM is how you keep Anthony Rendon in the Minors until September. Espinosa thriving in not trying to do much with the ball. More singles and doubles and less K's and less HRs seems like that will pay dividends to the Nats.

  8. NatsJack in Florida - Mar 23, 2013 at 12:51 AM

    OK…. watching Georgetown and Florida Gulf Coast and have to say, even though I grew up a Hoya fan, I'm kind'a liking this.

  9. baseballswami - Mar 23, 2013 at 1:11 AM

    So Wang signed with the Yankees. They ought to pay us for the last two years of babysitting and therapy.

  10. NatsJack in Florida - Mar 23, 2013 at 1:17 AM

    Sorry, but that was pretty sweet. Love it when a 15 beats a 2.

  11. sjm308 - Mar 23, 2013 at 1:20 AM

    Nats jack – my son works at G'town but we are both huge terp fans. This was really a great game! Love the upsets. He tells,me it will be a tough day at work on Monday.

  12. baseballswami - Mar 23, 2013 at 1:22 AM

    Upsets are fun! Cinderella ?

  13. peric - Mar 23, 2013 at 1:40 AM

    This is how you keep Anthony Rendon in the Minors until September.The way that guy hits and fields it ain't happening ghost. He might just be their very best overall hitter. If he proves that in the minors along with his usual flawless fielding? Fait accomplii.

  14. peric - Mar 23, 2013 at 1:41 AM

    Plenty of places for G'Town fans to drown their sorrows. I still feel for the Cubby fans I know.

  15. Ghost Of Steve M. - Mar 23, 2013 at 2:52 AM

    Peric, 2nd best hitter if we look at potential! Harper is #1. You know what potential means? Not much.Look, I love the kid.

  16. Ghost Of Steve M. - Mar 23, 2013 at 2:53 AM

    Georgetown, ugly. Otto Porter didn't show up.

  17. NatsLady - Mar 23, 2013 at 3:23 AM

    If you have ESPN, check out the soccer game. World Cup Qualifier being played in… I've never seen anything like it.

  18. SonnyG10 - Mar 23, 2013 at 4:18 AM

    I did get to watch the replay of today's game on MASN. Loved the interview with McCatty.

  19. Rabbit34 - Mar 23, 2013 at 11:21 AM

    Espinosa is going to have a good year. Werth, not so. Never did like him. Never will. He swings like a rusty gate that need a lot of oil. It looks like the team is coming along with the exception of a few, naturally. Yes, we will have a good year at .500!! GO NATIONALS!!!!

  20. m - Mar 23, 2013 at 11:29 AM

    I watched the game from the third inning on. I did not see a pitch greater than 91 on the radar. Most of the pitches registered around 89. During the 5th when Stras labored and got hit his pitches were around the high 80's. Some were in the mid 80's. Some of these pitches were change-ups and some were curves balls but I assume some were fastballs. If so there was very little difference in speeds between the change-up and fastball. He did not fool anyone in the 5th,. He looked very very ordinary in that inning. Our hitters could not help because most were too busy tracking pitches. Actually I wish our hitters would track pitches like Michael Morse does. We are going to miss this guy big time this season. Notwithstanding defense, our line-up is definitely weaker with Span as opposed to Morse. Harper would have been fine in CF and Werth was perfectly happy to look at pitches in the lead-off spot. I think Rizzo did a touch too much tinkering this year. I hope I am wrong but we shall see.

  21. NatsJim - Mar 23, 2013 at 12:32 PM

    Rabbit, how'd you like Werth in the 9th inning of game 4?

  22. Rabbit34 - Mar 23, 2013 at 12:35 PM

    NatsJim…..I LOVED IT!!!!!





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