August 15, 2012 |
SAN FRANCISCO — Wednesday afternoon, under a cloudless blue sky at AT&T Park, Stephen Strasburg offered one of the final impressions of his season, a show to appreciate and a break from the cacophony surrounding his impending shutdown . The performance — batters flailing at change-ups, falling out of the box against curveballs — encapsulated all of what makes Strasburg who he is, a figure worth protecting and begging to see more of....
March 18, 2011
I read with great disappointment Adam Kilgore's March 10 Sports story about Washington Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg [ "Should Strasburg tweak his delivery?" ]. It was inaccurate to say that I made a "definitive assertion" that a specific mechanical movement led to Strasburg's injury. Rather, I agree with Dr. Tim Kremchek, who was quoted as saying that it is impossible to know for sure how Strasburg's injury happened. Findings on how mechanical flaws correlate with pitchers in general, not one pitcher in particular, are based on thousands of pitchers who have been tested in the biomechanics lab of the American Sports Medicine Institute (ASMI)
March 22, 2013
Strasburg shakes off a ‘scare' of a line shot Tranquility defined this Nationals spring training until Friday afternoon, when in the most frightening way imaginable it disappeared. Stephen Strasburg stood on the center of the diamond. His pitching coach, manager and trainer surrounded him. They inspected the hand he kept flexing and shaking. The moment mercifully passed. Strasburg threw one warmup pitch, and the team officials ambled back to the dugout. The line drive Prince Fielder had ripped back at him — "a bullet," Manager Davey Johnson said — and off the base of his left hand rendered his wrist tender and red. "But nothing crazy," Strasburg said.
May 30, 2013 |
Strasburg makes most of an improved outlook In the aftermath of his lowest moment this year, Stephen Strasburg realized he had drifted away from the three-word mantra that turned him into an ace. He had lost control in stressful situations because he tried to control everything. As he considered his meltdown May 11 against the Cubs, which gave the Nationals six losses in his past seven starts, Strasburg turned his focus to one concept: "The Next Pitch. " "I just try not to go out there and do too much," Strasburg said.
August 7, 2011 |
HAGERSTOWN, Md. Stars are stars no matter where they work. The size of the venue isn't important. It's all about the status of the performer. The sellout crowd at tiny Municipal Stadium understood. That's why fans came Sunday afternoon to watch pitcher Stephen Strasburg 's first rehabilitation start for the Class A Hagerstown Suns. Media credential requests were double that of what the Suns received for the professional debut of touted prospect Bryce Harper. Although marquee entertainers rarely visit these parts, Strasburg would have received spotlight treatment in many locations.
September 7, 2011 |
Now can we finally move past the angst over bringing Stephen Strasburg up to the majors in September, the worry that his elbow ligament was replaced with a Red Vine encased in uncooked rigatoni? I'm no doctor, and I don't play one on TV, but he seemed just fine Tuesday night. I never thought the Washington Nationals would rush Strasburg to the majors with absolutely nothing on the line except a desire to finish out of the cellar and somewhere in the ballpark of a .500 record.
June 5, 2013 |
The Washington Nationals placed ace Stephen Strasburg on the 15-day disabled list with a Grade 1 right lat muscle strain in his lower back, the latest and potentially the most damaging blow to a struggling contender besieged by injuries. Strasburg exited his start Friday in Atlanta after only two innings when he aggravated the lat muscle, which had been experiencing tightness for several starts. He would have pitched Saturday, but instead veteran right-hander Ross Ohlendorf likely will be called up from Class AAA Syracuse, according to multiple people with knowledge of the situation.
October 1, 2012 |
There was a familiar face at the heart of several celebratory scrums and sprayings of champagne and beer, one who hasn't climbed on a mound for the Washington Nationals since Sept. 7. Stephen Strasburg was every bit a part of the Nationals' exhilaration after the team clinched the National League East title on Monday night. Though his furiously debated innings limit has kept him off the field for the rest of the season, Strasburg soaked in the joy like the rest of his teammates.
August 17, 2012 |
Before anyone utters one more ridiculous statement about how wrong it is to heed medical advice and take Stephen Strasburg out of a pennant race to preserve his surgically reconstructed right arm, here's what Leo Mazzone, John Kruk and others need to know: There is no best record in baseball, there are no visions of a World Series run, if the Nationals had decided to do it any other way. Because Scott Boras, the agent who represents Strasburg,...
March 9, 2011 |
JUPITER, FLA. — On Wednesday morning in Viera, Fla., Stephen Strasburg played catch with a Washington Nationals trainer in the outfield of Space Coast Stadium. He focused only on his next throw, one careful toss after the next, the monotonous churn that will eventually return him to a major league pitching mound. Strasburg paid no attention to the lingering questions about what happens when he does. Those questions — about what went wrong last year and what kind of pitcher he will be following his recovery from Tommy John surgery — drew new attention Tuesday after Sports Illustrated published on its Web site an article detailing a specific mechanical movement that, the piece asserted, led to Strasburg tearing the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow.