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Report: Strasburg to be shut down

Posted on: August 26, 2010 9:32 am
Edited on: August 26, 2010 9:54 am
Stephen Strasburg
Nationals rookie pitching phenom Stephen Strasburg will have another MRI on Thursday, but according to Jon Heyman of, the results won't affect the rest of his season. Strasburg is done.

Heyman says the Nationals are expected to shut Strasburg down for the season. He is on the disabled list for the second time, with what is being called a strained flexor tendon in his forearm. He had an MRI on Sunday, but the team wants another one to get a better idea of the extent of the injury. His previous DL trip was for shoulder inflammation.

So much for all the talk about Strasburg's innings limit -- he'd finish with just 68 innings. The Nationals hate shutting down their golden goose, but with no present and a promising future, they really don't have any choice.

-- David Andriesen

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Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: August 26, 2010 3:03 pm

Report: Strasburg to be shut down

As I have told people countless times. He only throws as hard as he does because he overthrows which leads to injures. He overthrows because if he doesn't his fastball loses at least 5 mph and his pitches have less movement. He was a nobody entering college, and got a name for himself when his fastball started hitting 98mph. Take 5 mph off it from overthrowing and you have a 93 mph fastball and wouldn't of gotten him drafted number 1 overall.

And even before he got drafted scouts were saying his delivery was scary similar to Mark Prior's. So you got a Mark Prior delivery with a guy who overthrows ... that means a career of injuries. And if he stops overthrowing he won't be as effective. In the end Strasburg has 2 choices continue to overthrow solely to keep his fastball around 98 mph and have a short career or stick with a 93 mph fastball and prolong his career.

My thing is never draft someone who it took until college to make a name for themselves. If the kid wasn't known entering college chances are they did something that effected their mechanics, stance or body. Usually those players end up a bust on the major league level or they have an injury laden career.

I'll take the high school player who has a high ceiling over a nobody who became somebody.  Those who have no name for themselves entering college shouldn't be more than a mid round draft choice. Paying top dollar for a nobody in high school who became a top player in college is asking for trouble in the end.

Since: Aug 15, 2006
Posted on: August 26, 2010 2:57 pm

Report: Strasburg to be shut down

I agree I think the pitch count hurts more pitchers than helps them.  You limit anything and that becomes the breaking point in the body.  I saw a couple of things wrong with Strasburg's delivery.  One like a lot of young pitchers he likes to throw too much with his arm, not his legs.  Second, he was a littlt too upright when he threw.  Give me a pitcher like Gibson, Seaver, Carlton, Ryan, a Pitcher who would wear a hole in the knee of his push off leg when he pitched.  Those are the type that won't have arm trouble as they throw more with the body than the arm.  The arm is the delivery mechanism, the legs are the springs, let the legs create the momentum and the arm has less chances of wearing out. 

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: August 26, 2010 2:29 pm

Pitchers are babied.

I don’t understand how prior to the 90s pitch count didn’t seem to be an issue and pitchers didn’t have as many arm/shoulder problems as they do now. Go back even further, starters pitched a whole lot more than they do today.

I think pitchers are being babied too much today by limiting their pitch count. You draft a player, let them work their way up the minors and when they appear to be ready for a full time gig at the majors you bring them up.

Since: Oct 20, 2008
Posted on: August 26, 2010 2:20 pm

Report: Strasburg to be shut down

Hopefully GMs around the league are watching the Strasburg saga and learning something for a change.  The hype over hot "once-in-a-lifetime" phenom pitchers has always been insane, but it actually used to be based on guys who had done something early in their careers.  Strasburg had a great college career, a good "showcase" in the Beijing Olympics, and about 10 minutes in the MLB minor leagues before being called up.  With very little known about Strasburg's durability, the Nationals signed him to an insane rookie contract.

2 stints on the DL already in 68 innings pitched.  The comparisons to Mark Prior are becoming more relevant all the time.

Since: Mar 1, 2007
Posted on: August 26, 2010 2:16 pm

Report: Strasburg to be shut down

Speaking of Cubs pitchers, Matt Clement wasn't too shabby either before they shipped him off to the  Red Sox.   Who was the pitching during all these injuries, was it Larry Rothschild?

Since: Dec 13, 2008
Posted on: August 26, 2010 1:50 pm

Report: Strasburg to be shut down

So if he stayed in the Minors he wouldnt have gotten hurt? Baseball is a business and this kid was obviously ready for the Majors. I see nothing wrong with how the Nats handled this guy.

Since: Nov 11, 2006
Posted on: August 26, 2010 1:46 pm

Report: Strasburg to be shut down

News Flash:  Over hand throwing is an un-natural motion, it's nearly impossible to avoid breakdown and injury.  The harder one throws, the more likely they are to develop tears, over-use, worn down tendons.

Nowadays, it's rare to find a single pitcher who has not had a legitimate injury to their throwing arm throughout their entire baseball career; and many pitchers today will have at least 1 minor surgery before their career is over.

As a pitcher myself, I know the amount of strain throwing puts on your arm.  It's unavoidable.  My suggestion to MLB teams is to choose the pitchers with the strongest work ethic, as hard work is mandatory to recover from any arm injury, and especially surgery.

Since: Oct 4, 2007
Posted on: August 26, 2010 1:19 pm

Report: Strasburg to be shut down

I think it was to soon to crown Strasburg as the next baseball phenom.  He did well in the Minors.  He hadn't thrown a pitch in the Majors yet and had been labeled the latest and greatest.  He may have the potential.  Potential doesn't necessarily equate to statistics.  Players should be evaluated in the majors before crowning them.  Based on this year, I see him as a good pitcher with durability issues.  I don't see him as a phenom until he proves that he can last the entire year and dominate batters.  That's not to say it won't happen, it's just a perspective view that he hasn't proven that he's a phenom yet.  If he was a phenom, then why wasn't he able to last the rest of the year?  He's on his second trip to the DL.  That's not a phenom to me.

Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: August 26, 2010 1:03 pm

Report: Strasburg to be shut down

He pitches EXACTLY like Mark Prior. It looks effortless, but it puts a huge strain on his body. His career will be like Mark Priors or from the looks of it worse. Yet another super hyped pitcher with a great fastball that will have a very short career......

Since: Aug 26, 2009
Posted on: August 26, 2010 12:27 pm

Report: Strasburg to be shut down

This guy is never going to last a full season unless he changes his style of delivery. He puts too much torque on his arm to make the ball move like it does. Better get rid of the Strasburg cards while they still have value. His stock will drop.

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