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Strasburg expected to make next start

Apr 30, 2013, 10:40 PM EDT

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Stephen Strasburg is scheduled to start Saturday against the Pirates.

Updated at 6:40 p.m.

ATLANTA — The Nationals don’t believe Stephen Strasburg’s forearm tightness is serious and expect the right-hander to make his next scheduled start this weekend in Pittsburgh.

General manager Mike Rizzo said Strasburg had “some irritation on his forearm” in the wake of last night’s start against the Braves, but the right-hander is “healthy, happy and ready to pitch Saturday.”

The Nationals believe the nerve irritation was a result of an electric stimulation procedure Strasburg underwent as part of his typical pregame routine. He was examined by the Braves team doctor, who reported no medical issues.

“He was given a clean bill of health,” Rizzo said.

Manager Davey Johnson was less emphatic about Strasburg’s readiness for Saturday’s start against the Pirates, saying he wants to see the 24-year-old come out of tomorrow’s regular bullpen
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  1. Faraz Shaikh - Apr 30, 2013 at 7:00 PM

    Chase, if you are reading this, question about your recent post about pitching numbers by catchers.strasburg's line with ramos read: "Ramos: 13 IP, 0.00 ERA, 10 SO, 1 BB, 1 HR"shouldn't the era be not zero?

  2. Ghost Of Steve M. - Apr 30, 2013 at 7:08 PM

    He is correct. Ramos catching Strasburg is a Zero ERA this year in 2 starts.

  3. Janus - Apr 30, 2013 at 7:12 PM

    Faraz,I think that HR came with 2 outs in an inning that had an error, therefore it is unearned.

  4. Ghost Of Steve M. - Apr 30, 2013 at 7:13 PM

    It's 3.86 with Solano and 5.19 with Zuk this year. What's not a small sample is why NatsJack and I keep stressing that Stras would do better with Ramos because you want to keep Stephen happy is this:Wilson Ramos 10 games 57.0 innings 1.26 ERAKurt Suzuki 8 games 43.1 innings 4.78 ERA

  5. Faraz Shaikh - Apr 30, 2013 at 7:15 PM

    you are right Janus. Just checked it out, it was due to error. I would still not consider that an unearned run against Ramos.

  6. Ghost Of Steve M. - Apr 30, 2013 at 7:23 PM

    Faraz Shaikh said… you are right Janus. Just checked it out, it was due to error. I would still not consider that an unearned run against Ramos. So you would consider changing the rules in the game of baseball because the catcher should still be responsible for an error by his 3rd baseman on a routine play?Fair or not, that's the rules. It all evens out and rightfully if Zim makes that throw it's 3 outs and Strasburg wouldn't have gotten so ticked off to throw an ill advised heater over the inside corner to a player sitting on inside pitches to pull.I remember it well. A hard pill to swallow as they say.

  7. Faraz Shaikh - Apr 30, 2013 at 7:27 PM

    GoSM, I meant that if Ramos called for that pitch, he should be accountable for it.Let us say there was no error and same batter was up in the next half inning. ramos calls for the same pitch and result is the same. the run would be earned for strasburg, right? so I am saying since we are looking at pitcher's stats by catchers, we need to modify ERA to adjust for catchers' calling abilities.

  8. Steady Eddie - Apr 30, 2013 at 7:32 PM

    Hmmmm, ALR hitting cleanup behind Harper? Unless ALR totally busts out today, suspect Bryce would see more pitches to hit with Desi in the 4-hole. Davey, what about L-R-L-R-L?

  9. Section 222 - Apr 30, 2013 at 7:32 PM

    Ascribing pitchers' outings, good or bad, to a catcher is a fool's errand. It leads to silly debates like this one.

  10. Ghost Of Steve M. - Apr 30, 2013 at 7:36 PM

    The pitch was called more inside. Stras was pissed about the error and he paid for it in a Loss.There's no way to modify that stat unless you have an official scorer type deciding whose fault there are on pitches and it would make a mockery of the game. There's no way around it which is why a large enough sample usually shows a good number to go by unless there was extraordinary occurrence that skewed it.Sometimes it's the catchers fault but it ultimately falls on the pitcher. I also think Suzuki's ERA with Stras has been inflated some by none of his own fault. Stras was missing the glove badly all night. At times Zuk didn't even seem to bother to frame. Neither of them were necessarily on the same page but 2 runs over 6 innings with as poorly as it looked, not too bad.

  11. Ghost Of Steve M. - Apr 30, 2013 at 7:42 PM

    Sect 222, agreed. It's hard to believe the things we debate sometimes.I'd rather debate whether or not Strasburg and Ramos should be permanently a battery just like Teheran and Laird supposedly are.If you do a 4 days a week to Zuk and 3 to Ramos you do it by Ramos gets only Stras and JZim and Zuk gets Gio and Haren and Det back-to-back.But Davey says he won't do it. OK, there you have it.

  12. Ghost Of Steve M. - Apr 30, 2013 at 7:44 PM

    James Wagner ‏@JamesWagnerWP Bullpen coach Jim Lett says he's fine after getting hit with ball throwing BP to Adam LaRoche. Checked for concussion & will be in bullpen.

  13. Eric - Apr 30, 2013 at 7:49 PM

    Phew, good to hear.

  14. Section 222 - Apr 30, 2013 at 7:51 PM

    I understand what you're saying Ghost, but I think permanent batteries are a bad idea. We just saw Ramos go down for several weeks. Thankfully, none of our pitchers were unfamiliar with Zuk. He caught consecutive 1 hitters from Gio and JZnn. That ought to tell you that this idea that Zuk's rhythm or pitch calling or whatever isn't suited to JZnn is bunk. He caught Stras's good outing last Sunday too. Davey's alternating days plan until one of them gets hot makes eminent sense. Keeps them both fresh, and keeps the staff comfortable with both guys. We're going to be better down the stretch for it, or if there are other injuries.

  15. Daylos - Apr 30, 2013 at 7:54 PM

    Well, time to get back in the saddle. Look at it this way, aside from Harper's start, nothing is going right so far this season and we're only 3.5 games behind Atlanta. At some point, things will start to come together and the wins will come. Here is hoping Atlanta continues to scuffle and doesn't pull too far ahead before the Nats get their collective acts together.

  16. Rich P. - Apr 30, 2013 at 8:47 PM

    The only time a permanent battery ever makes sense is if the pitcher is a knuckleballer.

  17. natsfan1a - Apr 30, 2013 at 9:04 PM

    Wait, so LaRoche made contact? Seriously, glad that Lett is okay.Ghost Of Steve M. said… James Wagner ‏@JamesWagnerWP Bullpen coach Jim Lett says he's fine after getting hit with ball throwing BP to Adam LaRoche. Checked for concussion & will be in bullpen. April 30, 2013 3:44 PM

  18. Scooter - Apr 30, 2013 at 9:52 PM

    1a, maybe Zimmerman was taking grounders. At second.

  19. Unknown - Apr 30, 2013 at 11:29 PM

    By next week, Strasburg will be in Birmingham visiting Dr. James Andrews.

  20. NatsJack in Florida - Apr 30, 2013 at 11:37 PM

    You all are making too big a deal about this personal catcher thing.Just because Stras and Jordan like Ramos doesn't mean that they can't pitch well to Suzuki or Solano. It just means they like the way he sets up behind the plate and gives them various options for targets ie: glove, shin guard kneecap cover, shoulder protector etc.As for calling games, that's all discussed before the game and while some guys get on the same page quicker, they all talk it through during the game.

  21. SteveRep44 - May 1, 2013 at 12:43 PM

    Something about this seems wrong. There's a bit too much "All is well. Nothing to see here. Move along," coming from all the usual sources. Everyone can see Stras' mechanics have strayed from the optimum.I get that Rizzo has to present an all-is-well front to those who ask but sometimes, it seems a bit forced. Do I have to accept what he says at face value? Nope. Maybe that's from my dealing with the always-lying, used-car-salesman of a GM the Redskins used to have.

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