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,...
August 14, 2012 |
On Saturday, Washington Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo ran into Stephen Strasburg 's dad, who was in Phoenix to watch the team play the Diamondbacks . Jim Strasburg braced Rizzo with the same question as the rest of the baseball world: What's the deal with ending my son's season — protecting his arm even though he feels perfectly healthy — because of some voluntary innings limit that Rizzo has chosen? "Mr. Strasburg, don't ask the question if you don't want to hear the full answer," Rizzo replied.
September 15, 2011 |
Last July, Stephen Strasburg went on the disabled list because of shoulder tightness. Last August, he tore the main pitching ligament in his elbow and missed a year following Tommy John surgery. In his last start, he was taken out after three innings; his velocity had dropped from 97 to 92 mph , for no apparent reason, before he'd even reached his 35th pitch of the game. "Are you okay?" Washington Nationals pitching coach Steve McCatty asked Strasburg on a mound visit — in the second inning.
September 8, 2012 |
The Washington Nationals , who've rocketed up baseball's hierarchy at warp speed all season, will now face another in a long series of challenges, tests that will continue through September, into October and on to future years. No one of them will be definitive. But each will examine a different part of the club's talent, psyche, resilience and leadership. The Nats' biggest loss will be the deletion of Stephen Strasburg's presence , with his long name barely crossing the broad back of his jersey, as well as his ability to intimidate any team when he is sharp.
August 17, 2011 |
HAGERSTOWN, Md. — Stephen Strasburg 's first pitch Wednesday night was a 97-mph fastball that popped into his catcher's glove for strike one, and his final pitch was a wicked, 84-mph curveball that hit the poor batter on the top of his back foot, even as he was twisting himself into a pretzel in flailing away at it. But in between, Strasburg made about as big a mess of his start — the third of his minor league rehabilitation assignment —...
June 5, 2013 |
(Scott Cunningham / Getty Images) The 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 will likely be called up from Class AAA Syracuse, according to multiple people with knowledge of the situation.
August 22, 2012 |
With so much ridiculous noise surrounding the Washington Nationals ' wise decision to shut down pitcher Stephen Strasburg shortly, it's easy to forget how much fun it is to simply watch Strasburg work. The end of Strasburg's season is drawing near — and he's going out in style. Even a 51-minute relay delay Tuesday night couldn't slow the National League East leaders and their soon-to-be-out-of-the-rotation ace in a win over the fading Atlanta Braves. Strasburg was dominant in a six-inning, 10-strikeout performance.
September 9, 2012 |
I really don't need an entire column to explain that the Washington Nationals shutting down Stephen Strasburg before season's end is the dumbest decision in contemporary times since Decca Records passed on the Beatles in 1962, but I'm paid for 800 words, so what the heck. Let's be frank: In the thick of a magical season that may not come around again for 50 years, the best interests of the Nationals are for Strasburg to pitch until his arm falls off. (By the way, if it does fall off, with modern medicine it can be surgically reattached and — at most — he misses two starts.)
January 30, 2013 |
Few Washington Nationals are looking forward to the 2013 season as much as Stephen Strasburg . When the right-hander arrives in Viera, Fla., in two weeks for spring training, he will be anticipating the first full season of his young career, all restrictions lifted. Asked about his offseason in a telephone interview Monday night, Strasburg's response was telling: "It's been a month longer than everybody else. I'm [champing] at the bit. " Strasburg, 24, went through various stages of coping after he was shut down on Sept.
April 5, 2012 |
CHICAGO — Stephen Strasburg walked off the Wrigley Field mound for the last time Thursday afternoon, seven magnificent innings behind him, and stayed in the dugout. Icing his shoulder could wait. One year ago, Strasburg watched the Washington Nationals play opening day on television in Florida, "kind of on your own separate island," he said. Now, he huddled next to teammates, watching them scrap together a rally, the game in the balance with every pitch. "That's what I love about this game," Strasburg said later.