Tag:Stephen Strasburg
Posted on: August 27, 2010 10:41 am
Edited on: August 27, 2010 11:03 am

Major surgery likely for Strasburg

Stephen Strasburg
Strasmas is cancelled for the rest of the year -- and probably much longer.

The Nationals say rookie sensation Stephen Strasburg has major damage to the ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching elbow, an injury that will probably require "Tommy John" ligament replacement surgery. They will get another opinion before proceeding with surgery, but it's doubtful he can avoid it.

Tommy John recovery varies, but averages 12-18 months. That could mean we've seen the last of Strasburg on a big-league mound until 2012. But the procedure is hardly a death sentence for a pitcher's career. Players can and do come back, sometimes even better. A list of just some of the pitchers who have come back, courtesy of Larry Stone of the Seattle Times: Chris Carpenter, A.J. Burnett, Ryan Dempster, Tim Hudson, Francisco Liriano, Joakim Soria, Rafael Soriano, Arthur Rhodes, C.J. Wilson, Brian Wilson, Carl Pavano, Billy Wagner ... and Tommy John.

The Nationals made the announcement in a conference call with reporters Friday morning.

General manager Mike Rizzo told reporters Strasburg "was developed and cared for the correct way. We’re good with that. Frustrated, yes. Second-guessing ourselves, no."

Strasburg has had two MRI exams in the past week. The first, on Saturday, provided the diagnosis of a strained flexor tendon in his forearm. But there were enough questions left that the Nationals wanted a second test, including the insertion of contrasting dye into the arm, which is what happened Thursday.

The 22-year-old finishes his rookie season with just 68 innings pitched, a 5-3 record in 12 starts and a 2.91 ERA. The top overall pick in the 2009 draft captured the attention of the sports world with his debut, in which he struck out 14. Every start brough big crowds and high expectations. Strasburg ended up with 92 strikeouts and 17 walks in 68 innings.

He was on the disabled list previously this season with shoulder inflammation. The first question the Nationals and their staff have to consider is what kind of pitcher Strasburg will be when he returns. The second is whether his delivery is going to cause repeated arm injuries, and what they can do about it. If they tweak his motion, he could lose effectiveness. If they don't, he could become Mark Prior.

-- David Andriesen

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Category: MLB
Posted on: August 27, 2010 12:51 am

Nats will announce test results Friday

Stephen Strasburg The Nationals have announced they'll make an announcement on Stephen Strasburg's arthrogram on Thursday between 9 a.m. and noon.

Chances are that's not good news -- rarely do teams make an announcement that all is well.

Strasburg underwent an arthrogram, which is an enhanced MRI. It's often used to determine whether a pitcher needs Tommy John surgery or not.

The timing of everything does seem odd -- the team announces a conference call for a three-hour window following a 13-inning game. The Nationals and Cardinals meet again Friday night at 7:05.

Perhaps the team is just getting ahead of things and accommodating the new 24-hour news cycle and the inexact nature of the time frame is in preparation of passing along the news as soon as it gets word from the team doctors. That would be a nice way of looking at it.

The other would be that they already know and want to get it out before someone else reports Strasburg is done until 2012 and don't think that news will filter out until Friday morning.

All we know for sure at this point is we won't not know for long.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Category: MLB
Posted on: August 26, 2010 10:28 am

'Time off' for Dibble

Nationals broadcaster and former major-league pitcher Rob Dibble is "taking a few days off," days after making critical comments about rookie ace Stephen Strasburg, telling him to "suck it up, kid."

That followed an incident on August 11 in which he noted during a broadcast that two women sitting in the stands must be talking about shopping, drawing outrage from Nationals fans.

MASN, the network that broadcasts Nationals games, said Dibble, who is employed by the team, requested the time off. Yeah, kind of like politicians suddenly "need to spend more time with their family" right after the indictments come down.

Being outspoken has given Dibble a second career as a broadcaster, but lack of common sense is threatening to end it.

-- David Andriesen

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Category: MLB
Posted on: August 26, 2010 9:32 am
Edited on: August 26, 2010 9:54 am

Report: Strasburg to be shut down

Stephen Strasburg
Nationals rookie pitching phenom Stephen Strasburg will have another MRI on Thursday, but according to Jon Heyman of SI.com, 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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Category: MLB
Posted on: August 23, 2010 7:46 pm
Edited on: August 24, 2010 10:11 am

Dibble to Strasburg: 'Suck it up'

Stephen Strasburg Rob Dibble is an absolute idiot.

Anyone who has listened to him call Washington Nationals games or in his previous life as Dan Patrick's sidekick know this. But in case you didn't know this much about the former Nasty Boy, well, here's further proof.

His latest opinion had to be beamed to outer space before coming back to Earth via SIRIUS XM radio because it was so stupid. Here's the Nationals' TV color commentator talking to former Nationals general manager Jim "Leatherpants" Bowden on the team's young stud Stephen Strasburg (via D.C. Sports Bog ):

Rob Dibble "OK, you throw a pitch, it bothers your arm, and you immediately call out the manager and the trainer? Suck it up, kid. This is your profession. You chose to be a baseball player. You can't have the cavalry come in and save your butt every time you feel a little stiff shoulder, sore elbow."

He also said this: "What Mike Rizzo and Jim Riggleman do, that's totally different. They have to think of the long-term ramifications of what they're doing right now with this kid's career. As far as this kid? Stop crying, go out there and pitch. Period."

Oh, as if that wasn't dumb enough, he pulls out the card of how tough he was (when he wasn't getting beat up by his manager):

"My arm would throb. I couldn't even hold a glass of water. And you know what, Jim? I loved it."

Maybe that's why he played seven seasons and had a 6.97 ERA in his last two seasons, spent with three different teams. After arm surgery in 1994, he came back in 1995, and had a 7.18 ERA with the White Sox and Brewers. And as Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post pointed out on Twitter , Strasburg has thrown 123 innings this season between the majors and minors. The most Dibble threw in a season was 99.

While Dibble obviously has trouble learning from his experiences, Kerry Wood actually has brain activity. Wood told CSNWashington.com that he'd advise Strasburg to be shut down for the rest of the season.

"I'd question whether I would send him back out and let him pitch more," Wood told John Aaron. "They're not in a pennant race."

Wood added, "He's a young kid. Pitching at this level, your adrenaline level's going to go up. And he's probably not used to pitching with that adrenaline in his system."

Or he could "pitch through the pain" and end up a talking head.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: August 23, 2010 6:18 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 12:12 pm

This week in free stuff: Aug. 23-29

A look at this week in promotional giveaways from around baseball:

Monday, Aug. 23
Florida Marlins -- cam floppy hat. It's a floppy hat, but nobody can see you.
Hudson Valley Renegades (New York-Penn League) -- mystery bobblehead. The team website doesn't say what the bobblehead will be, just that if you're one of the first 1,500 into the park, you'll get one.

Tuesday, Aug. 24
Carlos Ruiz Philadelphia Phillies -- Carlos Ruiz Bobble figurine. I guess it's a "figurine" because it's smaller. But it still looks pretty cool.
Los Angeles Angels -- fleece blanket. My dog loves his SGA (eBay lingo for stadium giveaway) fleece blankets.
Las Vegas 51s (Pacific Coast League) Holly Madison bobblehead. Yeah, it's the head that bobbles. I think they missed a good opportunity there.
Binghamton Mets (Eastern League) -- plunger. Really, just what it says. Hey, you probably need a plunger more than a bobblehead.

Wednesday, Aug. 25
Buffalo Bisons (International League) -- Fernando Martinez bobblehead. Martinez his hitting .253/.317/.455 with 12 homers, 33 RBI and 4,000 bobbleheads.
Trenton Thunder (Eastern League) -- back-to-school notebooks. Who couldn't use a notebook for school? Or do kids still use those?
Binghamton Mets (Eastern League) -- sling bag giveaway. The classic, jersey look. Again, a good, practical giveaway.

Thursday, Aug. 26
Springfield Cardinals (Texas League) -- winter cap
Hudson Valley Renegades (New York-Penn League) -- dog leash. The first 500 dogs get a gift, not their people. My dog would prefer to be let off the leash instead of a new one.

Friday, Aug. 27
Ichiro bobblehead Seattle Mariners -- Ichiro bobblehead. I don't currently have an Ichiro in my bobblehead collection -- maybe if I just knew someone in Seattle.
Syracuse Chiefs (International League) -- Stephen Strasburg action figure
New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Eastern League) -- frisbee
West Michigan Whitecaps (Midwest League) -- Frank Howard bobblehead. The former Tiger will be at the park for his bobblehead night.
Brooklyn Cyclones (New York-Penn League) -- Ron Darling bobblehead
Vermont Lake Monster (New York-Penn League) -- Mystery bobblehead. I'll be interested to know if it's new, or just old stuff they had in the storage room.
Yakima Bears (Northwest League) -- Mel Stottlemyre bobblehead
Greeneville Astros (Appalachian League) -- blanket

Saturday, Aug. 28
Los Angeles Angels -- candy jar. The Angels have had some of my favorite promotions this year, and this is another winner.
Texas Rangers -- t-shirt. Classic baseball style with red sleeves and a white base. It's for kids only, so it'll make some emo college kid happy.
Washington Nationals -- Ivan Rodriguez bobblehead
Colorado Rockies -- coffee tumbler. I still use my Dan Haren A's tumbler.
San Diego Padres -- Everth Cabrera bobblehead
San Francisco Giants -- Joe DiMaggio SF Seals bobblehead
Bowling Green Hot Rods (Midwest League) Cave Shrimp bobble-tail. So, the Hot Rods ran a contest to name the team. Hot Rods, obviously, won. Cave Shrimp was another entry and this is the "What Could Have Been" promotion. I may have to eBay this badboy..
Tulsa Drillers (Texas League) -- ONEOK Field replica
Visalia Rawhide (California League) -- reusable grocery bags
Quad Cities River Bandits (A) Matt Holliday bobblehead
Everett AquaSox (Norhtwest League) -- Ryan Rowland-Smith bobblehead
Idaho Falls Chukars (Rookie Appalachian League) -- Billy Butler bobblehead.

Sunday, Aug. 29
CC Sabathia Milwaukee Brewers -- CC Sabathia bobblehead day. I'm not exactly sure why the Brewers are honoring a guy who pitched 17 games for them, but oh well. It's a cool looking bobblehead.
Toronto Blue Jays -- Dave Stieb bobblehead
Chicago White Sox -- Frank Thomas Bobblehead
Texas Rangers -- kids chest protector backpack
San Diego Padres -- metal lunch box
Inland Empire 66ers (California League) -- Dodgers fleece blanket
Stockton Ports (California) -- Ports mini basketball and hoop set
Beloit Snappers (Midwest League) -- Ben Revere bobblehead

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: August 23, 2010 4:45 pm
Edited on: August 23, 2010 5:54 pm

Strasburg likely to hit DL

Stephen Strasburg The Nationals will likely place Stephen Strasbug on the disabled list by Thursday with a strained flexor tendon in the right arm, reports MLB.com.

Strasburg experienced the injury in the ifth inning of a game against the Phillies, grimacing visibly as he snapped off a pitch to Domonic Brown. He exited the game immediately and underwent a MRI.

Strasburg has been on the disabled list once already, serving time on July 28 after experiencing stiffness while warming up. He returned August 10 and had made two starts prior to leaving the game Saturday. He has a 2.91 ERA on the season in 12 starts, punching out 97 in 68 innings and walking just 17.

It's likely that the Nats are holding off an immediate disabling to see how the phenom responds over the next few days.

Jordan Zimmermann will likely take his place in the rotation , as he recently finished his minor-league rehab stint in his recovery from Tommy John surgery. He has yet to be summoned to the majors, and could easily slide into Strasburg's spot.

GM Mike Rizzo will be updating the public on the results of the MRI at 5:00 p.m.

UPDATE : Strasburg will indeed hit the disabled list with Zimmermann replacing him. The MRI on Sunday "showed some things," so a second MRI has been set up, this one where dye will be injected, says Craig Heist of WTOP Radio. It's still termed a strained flexor tendon, with the second MRI giving up "more information," according to GM Mike Rizzo.

-- Evan Brunell

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Category: MLB
Posted on: August 22, 2010 12:15 pm
Edited on: August 22, 2010 12:19 pm

Strasburg plays catch on Sunday

Stephen Strasburg Breathe a tad easier Nationals fans (both of you), Stephen Starsburg did his regular workout today and played catch.

Mark Zuckerman of NatsInsider.com reports (via Twitter ) Strasburg played catch before going back to Washington D.C. for an MRI. Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo says Strasburg has not been shut down.

Strasburg left Saturday's game against the Phillies in the fifth inning of the team's victory. Strasburg was diagnosed with a strained flexor tendon in his right forearm.

The team said it won't make any decisions about his immediate future until the tests results are back. Rizzo also noted Strasburg suffered from the same injury in college, but didn't even leave the game, much less miss a start.

Still, there's little for Strasburg to accomplish this season, so the cautious approach is the best. Strasburg suffered shoulder tightness on June 27 and went not he disabled list.

On Saturday, Strasburg threw just 56 pitches and had allowed a run on two hits, striking out six without a walk.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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