Strasburg (0-1) allowed eight runs (seven earned) on eight hits and five walks while striking out three across four innings to take the loss Tuesday against the Cardinals.
Strasburg was in trouble throughout his start, surrendering a home run to the second batter he faced. Things didn't improve from there, as he allowed two more home runs in the outing, combining to account for five of his seven earned runs. To add to the troubling results, Strasburg averaged only 90.6 mph with his fastball and maxed out at 92.1 mph, and was also seen rubbing his shoulder in the tunnel, Mark Zuckerman of MASNSports.com reports. This effort stands in stark contrast to his opening start of the season, when he punched out eight batters across six scoreless innings. Strasburg will look to return to that form in his next turn through the rotation, currently scheduled for Sunday against Arizona.
Strasburg didn't factor into the decision in a 2-0 loss to Atlanta during the second game of Wednesday's doubleheader, giving up only one hit and two walks over six scoreless innings. He struck out eight.
After an injury-marred spring that looked like it might not have given Strasburg enough time to get ready for the regular season, the right-hander was dominant in his 2021 debut, with his changeup particularly unhittable. He fired 48 of 85 pitches for strikes, but a lack of offensive support prevented him from coming away with a win. Strasburg will look for a better result in his next outing, set for Monday in St. Louis.
Strasburg tossed 83 pitches over four-plus innings in Wednesday's Grapefruit League game against the Astros, allowing four runs on three hits and five walks while striking out one. Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports.
While it was encouraging to see Strasburg get stretched out to a point where he seems ready for the regular season, the results in his return to action from a calf injury were downright ugly. The veteran right-hander blamed mechanical issues more than his calf for his difficulty finding the strike zone, but the latter seems likely to have contributed to the former. Strasburg also admitted after the start that his actual injury was a ruptured plantaris tendon -- which isn't necessary for everyday function and often gets used as the replacement for the UCL in Tommy John surgery -- so he should be able to pitch effectively without it in the long run. He'll get one more Grapefruit League start before the regular season begins, and he's lined up to start the second game of the season for the Nats on April 3 against the Mets.
Nationals manager Dave Martinez said Strasburg (calf) will start Wednesday's Grapefruit League game against the Astros, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports.
Strasburg was diagnosed with a minor calf strain after exiting his last Grapefruit League start March 14, but he was mostly able to stay on schedule with his build-up program. Rather than making a start in a spring game in his last turn through the rotation, Strasburg instead threw a five-inning simulated game last Friday and apparently came out of it without any setbacks. Now that he's back on the pitching schedule this week, Strasburg looks like he'll remain on track to break camp with the big club rather than requiring a stint on the injured list to begin the season.
Strasburg (calf) is on track to make his first turn in the rotation and avoid a trip to the injured list, Mark Zuckerman of MASNSports.com reports.
Injuries have unfortunately been one of the stories of Strasburg's career, and they've been the story of his spring as well. Despite spending the offseason recovering from hand surgery and then exiting a start with a calf injury, however, he looks set to avoid missing any regular-season starts. He threw 74 pitches in a simulated game Friday.
Strasburg (calf) threw 74 pitches across five simulated innings Friday, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports.
Strasburg was initially scheduled to throw 60 pitches Friday, but he was able to extend his throwing session and said that he would have felt comfortable throwing more. The right-hander has been dealing with a calf strain over the past week, but it appears as though he's on the right track for Opening Day as long as he doesn't experience any setbacks.
Strasburg (calf) will pitch four innings in a simulated game Friday, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports.
Strasburg checked out fine after a bullpen session Wednesday, but the Nationals will have him pitch in a simulated game so they can manage his workload more precisely. It's been a disrupted spring for the veteran, who's returning from last summer's hand surgery and suffered a calf strain Sunday. It's at least good news that the issues are unrelated and that his current injury isn't an arm problem. Time is getting tight for him to get up to full speed by Opening Day, but he seems to have a good chance to avoid missing time if his recovery proceeds without setbacks.
Strasburg (calf) will throw on flat ground Tuesday, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports.
He said his calf felt "okay" when he arrived at the facility Tuesday and will have the injury evaluated following his throwing session. It's unclear when he will be ready to return to game action after being diagnosed with a strained plantaris muscle in his left calf Sunday.
Strasburg has been diagnosed with a strained plantaris muscle in his left calf, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports.
Strasburg exited Sunday's spring start against the Astros after his calf "grabbed," but he said that he would have pitched through the issue during a more meaningful game. The right-hander could be brought along slowly in the coming days to preserve his long-term health, but Strasburg doesn't anticipate missing significant time. "Luckily, I feel like I'm a fast healer," Strasburg said. "So I don't think it would be something that could be a prolonged absence."
Strasburg said his left calf "grabbed" a bit during Sunday's spring start against the Astros, but it's a minor concern and he should be considered day-to-day, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports.
The 32-year-old also said he would have pitched through the issue were it a meaningful game, which is an encouraging sign. Still, the Nationals figure to remain cautious in camp with Strasburg given his injury history, so he could receive a couple extra days to recover before making another Grapefruit League appearance.
Strasburg left Sunday's spring start against the Astros with an apparent leg injury, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports.
The 32-year-old showed some discomfort while landing on his delivery during the third inning, and he left the field with a trainer after testing the injury on the mound. Strasburg gave up one hit and one walk with four strikeouts over 2.1 scoreless frames before exiting the contest. The specifics of the issue remain unclear, but any camp injury is concerning, especially since he was limited to two starts last season due to carpal tunnel neuritis in his right hand.
Strasburg threw 38 pitches over 1.2 innings Tuesday in his first game action of the spring, topping out at 93 mph with his fastball, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports. "We're going to keep a close eye on him for sure, just like I do with anybody else," Nationals manager Dave Martinez said afterwards. "But for me, he looks as normal as normal can be."
The right-hander had another abbreviated season in 2020 due to a hand issue that eventually required surgery, but Strasburg looked healthy in this outing, painting the corners with his fastball and giving his changeup a workout. The 33-year-old showed what he's still capable of in an injury-free season back in 2019, making 33 starts, striking out 251 batters over 209 innings, and capping things off with a World Series MVP Award.
Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said that Strasburg (hand) would start Tuesday's Grapefruit League game against the Astros, Matt Weyrich of NBC Sports Washington reports.
Strasburg has been eased along slowly in spring training following his August surgery to address carpal tunnel neuritis, but he's thus far experienced no issues during the ramp-up process. After completing a simulated game last week without incident, Strasburg will hit the reach the final benchmark in his recovery process by getting back on the mound in a game setting. Expect Strasburg to be limited to around two innings Tuesday, but he should be ready to handle a normal starter's workload by the time his first turn in the rotation in the regular season comes up in early April.
Strasburg (hand) will throw two innings in a simulated game Wednesday, and he could see his first Grapefruit League action of the year Monday, Jessica Camerato of MLB.com reports.
The right-hander is completing the final steps in his recovery from August surgery to address carpal tunnel neuritis, and barring any setbacks he appears on track to be ready for Opening Day. Strasburg has battled injuries throughout his career, but the last time he was able to stay healthy he struck out 251 batters over 209 innings in 2019 before leading the Nats to a World Series title, making him a volatile risk/reward option at the draft table.
Strasburg (hand) could pitch in a game as soon as this weekend, Maria Torres of The Athletic reports.
Strasburg underwent surgery on his right hand back in August to address carpal tunnel neuritis. He's been throwing since the start of camp, so while there's definitely some risk (as with any player coming off surgery), the procedure doesn't appear to have significantly hindered his preseason preparation. He's expected to get into a game a few days after Max Scherzer (ankle), who could pitch as soon as Friday.
Strasburg (hand) threw off a mound Friday, Jessica Camerato of MLB.com reports.
Strasburg is on track for a normal spring after missing most of the 2020 season due to a hand injury that eventually required surgery. Manager Dave Martinez said that the right-hander looked good and didn't have any issues following his throwing session Friday. Strasburg is in "preparation mode, not rehabilitation mode" to begin spring training, and he'll attempt to remain healthy ahead of the regular season.
Strasburg (hand) is in "preparation mode, not rehabilitation mode" per general manager Mike Rizzo and will throw a bullpen session Friday, Mark Zuckerman of MASNSports.com reports.
Strasburg made just two poor starts last season before being shut down with carpal neuritis and eventually undergoing surgery. The uncommon injury raises some doubts about his ability to return to form, especially considering that he hasn't exactly been a paragon of health throughout his 11-year career. The Nationals' confidence in him is undoubtedly a good sign, but he'll need to demonstrate that health on the mound this spring before that confidence can be shared by fantasy players.
Strasburg (hand) has resumed throwing and is expected to be ready for spring training, Matt Weyrich of NBC Sports Washington reports.
It's been a roller coaster pair of seasons for Strasburg, who signed a seven-year, $245 million contract after his strong (and finally fully healthy) 2019 campaign helped the Nationals to a World Series win but followed it up with a very disappointing showing in 2020. He made just two ineffective starts before being shut down due to carpal tunnel neuritis and eventually underwent surgery in late August. While it's certainly encouraging to hear that the Nationals are confident in his readiness for the 2021 season, his long injury history means the team has plenty of reason to be cautious should he suffer any setbacks.
Strasburg will undergo surgery Wednesday to address the carpal tunnel neuritis in his right hand, Jessica Camerato of MLB.com reports.
The 32-year-old has already effectively been ruled out for the season after being transferred to the 45-day injured list Saturday, and it's now just a matter of him going under the knife and beginning the rehab process. Strasburg had the nerve issue crop up before his first start of the season in July, and he returned a couple weeks later before again shutting things down. The right-hander is expected to be ready to go for the start of spring training next year.
Strasburg (hand) was transferred to the Nationals' 60-day injured list Saturday, effectively ending his 2020 season, Brittany Ghiroli of The Athletic reports.
This announcement comes just a week after Strasburg was placed on the 10-day injured list with carpal tunnel neuritis. The 2019 World Series MVP has been dealing with the nerve issue in his right hand since the season began and will now be forced to miss the remainder of 2020 after making just two starts. In a corresponding move, the Nationals have purchased the contract of Wil Crowe, who will make his first major-league start during the second half of Saturday's doubleheader against the Marlins.
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