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Strasburg going to D.C. with oblique strain

Jun 1, 2013, 4:03 AM EDT

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Stephen Strasburg was pulled after two innings at Turner Field.

Updated at 12:03 a.m.

ATLANTA — Stephen Strasburg is heading back to Washington to have a strained right oblique muscle examined by team doctors, leaving the Nationals to contemplate placing their ace on the disabled list.

Strasburg was forced to depart Friday night's game against the Braves after only two innings, with lingering tightness in his right lower side, below the ribcage. The right-hander said he had experienced a similar sensation in several previous starts, though it progressively got worse during this abbreviated outing.

"The last few starts, I'd feel it warming up [but] I'd go out there and I wouldn't feel anything," he said. "Tonight, it was more kind of like the reverse. I felt really good in the bullpen. I threw a couple pitches in there, and it started to tighten up. I felt it more and more. Nothing I could do about it. I'm kind of frustrated. You want to give at least seven, eight innings a start."

Strasburg's velocity and results didn't appear to suffer from the injury. His fastball reached 98 mph during the second inning, heRead more »

  1. Chevy Chase Bob - Jun 1, 2013 at 12:30 AM

    Curse of the "World Series or Bust".

  2. Rabbit34 - Jun 1, 2013 at 12:43 AM

    Yeah Chevy, I think we're going to sit this one out.

  3. JaneB - Jun 1, 2013 at 12:45 AM

    I blame this plague of injuries on the locusts.

  4. Rabbit34 - Jun 1, 2013 at 12:46 AM

    This was supposed to be our year. The baseball-gods new they were going to do this to us, so they gave us last year. As the Red Sox fans used to say…"wait 'till next year". Now we can just relax and Enjoy the games for baseball sake…and to please the gods!

  5. sjm308 - Jun 1, 2013 at 1:06 AM

    Rabbit – before last year that was my exact mantra, just enjoy the game of baseball for what it is, a great game. Of course some of that was because our team was not really very good but I agree with you 100%, its still a great game and we have major league baseball in our city.Go Nats!!

  6. Clip&Store - Jun 1, 2013 at 1:06 AM

    The curse of WSOB

  7. Less Platu - Jun 1, 2013 at 1:14 AM

    Curse of the Michael Morse Panic Dump

  8. ehay2k - Jun 1, 2013 at 1:18 AM

    On TV, I saw him roll his shoulders and grimace, then the radar gun showed 93 and 94 on his fastball.I said "shoulder" right away. Could just be tight, but we will know more in a couple days.

  9. Steve Miller - Jun 1, 2013 at 1:22 AM

    Craig is pitching great!

  10. Paul Gerrish - Jun 1, 2013 at 1:34 AM

    I could have told you this would happen. They had their chance last year and they funked up, they could managed Strasburg better(miss every 3rd start from mid August to October) and had him for the playoffs. They would have cruised to the WS and won it all. Seize the moments, the moments are fleeting. Now they will be chasing what could have been. Proving once again, the minds in Washington are dysfunctional.

  11. Paul Gerrish - Jun 1, 2013 at 1:35 AM

    I could have told you this would happen. They had their chance last year and they funked up, they could managed Strasburg better(miss every 3rd start from mid August to October) and had him for the playoffs. They would have cruised to the WS and won it all. Seize the moments, the moments are fleeting. Now they will be chasing what could have been. Proving once again, the minds in Washington are dysfunctional.

  12. tayo - Jun 1, 2013 at 1:39 AM

    Stras shutdown has nothing to do with this season.

  13. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 1, 2013 at 1:40 AM

    Julie Alexandria still clueless

  14. Jordan Albro - Jun 1, 2013 at 1:41 AM

    Haha Paul why aren't you running an organization yourself with that stunning declaration?

  15. The Phat Controller - Jun 1, 2013 at 1:57 AM

    No excuses, no whining . . . hate to say it, but Stras' situation doesn't change the fact that they can't score runs, the bullpen doesn't shut any team down, and the defense is giving up runs whereas they saved runs last year. Take out May to August of last year, and they are a slightly-better-than-.500 club. Which is what they were in 2011.

  16. Mark Grabowsky - Jun 1, 2013 at 2:03 AM

    I fully expect Storen to give up at least two runs in the 8th. Hate to say it but that's what I fear is coming.

  17. Mark Grabowsky - Jun 1, 2013 at 2:08 AM

    I fully expect Storen to give up at least two runs in the 8th. Hate to say it but that's what I fear is coming.

  18. Mark Grabowsky - Jun 1, 2013 at 2:18 AM

    I was wrong. Good work, Drew.

  19. JaneB - Jun 1, 2013 at 2:39 AM

    And thank you Craig!

  20. Eric - Jun 1, 2013 at 4:04 AM

    This thread is HILARIOUS in hindsight. Well done everyone ;)

  21. Drew - Jun 1, 2013 at 4:10 AM

    Rendon promoted to Syracuse!Happy 23rd birthday in advance.(2b or not 2b? That is the question.)

  22. John C. - Jun 1, 2013 at 4:28 AM

    The know-it-alls on the Strasburg shutdown emerge again! Geniuses, one and all. Not one has ever explained to me how limiting Strasburg's innings would have kept the Nats in first place (the Braves cleverly limited Medlen's innings so he was available for the Wild Card game and beyond – how did that work out for them?)There is also the implicit assumption that the Nationals would have won if Strasburg had pitched. You can't fight the narrative with common sense. Even ignoring Stras's inconsistency late in the year, and the fact that the pitcher who replaced him (Det) had the best start of any Nats pitcher in the NLDS – even ignoring that, there were no guarantees. In 2003 the Cubs leaned hard on Wood and Prior, didn't even make the WS, and haven't won a playoff game since. And yet the geniuses are so sure. Nope, can't fight the narrative.

  23. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Jun 1, 2013 at 4:30 AM

    You are so right, John C. The idiocy of the Baseball Network guys and Jim Kaat et al never ceases to amaze me. They start with one fallacy, compound it with out illogical assumptions and — voila — conclude the Earth is flat.And you can't argue with them. Because they are absolutely certain the Earth is flat.

  24. NatsLady - Jun 1, 2013 at 4:37 AM

    John C, it's useless to try to explain it to the outsider/trolls. It was Stras' hot start in the spring that GOT us to the playoffs… It's not like we made it by such a big margin. White Sox limited Sale–they didn't get to postseason either. We've been over this 1,000 times and the facts don't change: Rizzo and Davey did the best they could with the information at hand to (a) protect Stras and (b) get to the postseason. All the calculations of skip a start, shut him down in July/August and restart him in October, etc. etc. etc. are FLAWED.

  25. NatsLady - Jun 1, 2013 at 4:45 AM

    Michael Morse is injured–again. I'm happy with LaRoche and Span. Very happy.MINNEAPOLIS — After staying behind in Seattle to treat a strained right quadriceps muscle while the Mariners played a pair of games in San Diego, right fielder Michael Morse rejoined the club on Friday at Target Field in time for a three-game set with the Twins.Morse isn't ready to play just yet, however. He may not be available until the club returns to Seattle for a 10-game homestand that opens Monday.

  26. Eric - Jun 1, 2013 at 4:46 AM

    It blows my mind this story still has legs.Although, I suppose in hindsight its painfully obvious that the oblique strain is directly related to the shut down, so I guess it does make sense it's come up again…؟

  27. NatsLady - Jun 1, 2013 at 4:51 AM

    It blows my mind that people still hanker after Michael Morse who is (a) fragile (b) a terrible fielder and (c) has only one HR more than LaRoche and almost exactly the same offensive stats. But there's no changing the narrative that his Elvis wig and goofy smile would spark our bats…

  28. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jun 1, 2013 at 4:52 AM

    Ghost Of Steve M. said… Rendon to Syracuse May 31, 2013 11:54 PM Drew said… Rendon promoted to Syracuse!Happy 23rd birthday in advance.(2b or not 2b? That is the question.) June 01, 2013 12:10 AM Drew, do you owe me a beer if I posted that in the Game Recap Analysis thread?

  29. snopes1 - Jun 1, 2013 at 5:29 AM

    Nats Lady -You're absolutely right about your strictly analytical assessment of Morse. But how do I replace the gigglies that my wife got every time Michael did the post-game show? Maybe the Nats should sign George Clooney as their off-the-bench guy. Clooney can't hit much worse than Chad Tracy has done so far, and he could eat Michael Morse's lunch in inspiring the post-game gigglies among certain fans.

  30. Drew - Jun 1, 2013 at 5:56 AM

    A tip of the Nats brim to Ghost. (Is PBR OK?)It's interesting to think back 24 hours. The Nats lose 2-0 and Davey says: "We'll probably make some changes. But that's for another day."A day later Rendon gets promoted to Syracuse.

  31. Eric - Jun 1, 2013 at 12:06 PM

    Agree re: Morse, NatsLady.

  32. Dave - Jun 1, 2013 at 1:01 PM

    I agree with you, NL. But the Elvis wig was Nyjer's contribution.

  33. LoveDaNats - Jun 1, 2013 at 1:42 PM

    The chop. The cause of all Stras's Barves phobias.

  34. Jon - Jun 1, 2013 at 2:13 PM

    Is oblique the shoulder or back, its being reported as both.

  35. JamesFan - Jun 1, 2013 at 3:02 PM

    The Nats have a continuing problem with these hammy, lat strains. They need to fix this and start by looking at their training regime. Hammies used to be fairly rare and lats were almost never heard of. My bet: too many weights, too much time in the weight room, not enough stretching. Hope they check this out with professionals and adjust. Something is not right and it may be fixable.

  36. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Jun 1, 2013 at 3:37 PM

    "But the Elvis wig was Nyjer's contribution."So, all the Nats' problems stem from losing T. Plush!? I am going to start posting this in every thread from now on, maybe several times each.

  37. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Jun 1, 2013 at 3:39 PM

    Oh, and /kidding

  38. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Jun 1, 2013 at 3:42 PM

    "Hammies used to be fairly rare and lats were almost never heard of."You are kidding, right?

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