August 21, 2012 |
Every Stephen Strasburg start is precious. His time is limited by a right elbow that employs a tendon pulled from his thigh two years ago. It has reached the point in the year where fans pull out their schedules, calculators and pens and start guessing when in the next month or so the right-hander will last climb the mound for the Washington Nationals this season. Rain, thunder and lightning threatened Tuesday's start against the Atlanta Braves in the Nationals' biggest series to date.
September 6, 2011 |
Stephen Strasburg met every reasonable expectation, and exceeded several ridiculous ones, in his nearly flawless return to the major leagues Tuesday night at Nationals Park. Where's the rust or the lost command? Who returns to the big leagues after 382 days away for elbow surgery with more precision and better efficiency than when he left? Who fans one Dodger on a 99 mph fastball, barely allows an audibly struck ball in five innings, but has the touch and finesse to fan both Matt Kemp and Andre Eithier on 90 mph change-ups?
August 15, 2012 |
Doctors who specialize in sports medicine, including leading authorities on the type of ligament replacement surgery performed on the throwing arm of Stephen Strasburg , say they aren't surprised by the Washington Nationals ' decision to end their star pitcher's season early sometime next month. Even so, they acknowledge there is no consensus on whether it is a necessary step. The approach the Nationals are taking — shutting Strasburg down once he reaches a yet-to-be-decided cap, possibly between 160 and 180 innings — is being scrutinized and studied carefully by many across the sport.
July 12, 2013 |
MIAMI – In the midst of the worst inning of the worst start of his career, an expressionless Stephen Strasburg stood on the mound and listened. He had walked three of the first four batters he faced, and first baseman Adam LaRoche came to talk. After a bases-clearing triple, pitching coach Steve McCatty emerged from the dugout. Following the inning's third hit, shortstop Ian Desmond paid a visit. When the opposing pitcher singled, catcher Wilson Ramos tried. The misery continued.
May 15, 2013 |
We know Stephen Strasburg can be a stubborn, hard-nosed competitor. We saw it last season when the Washington Nationals insisted on shutting him down early and Strasburg tried every trick in the book to avoid it. He was mentally tough when he was fighting to save his spot in the rotation and play in the postseason. So where was that guy Saturday after Ryan Zimmerman's throwing error in an eventual loss to the Cubs ? Because the guy we saw couldn't shake it off, showed his general disgust to everyone in the ballpark, then walked a guy hitting below the Mendoza line, gave up a two-run double to pitcher Edwin Jackson , walked David DeJesus , allowed a single to Starlin Castro and a two-run single to Anthony Rizzo . Last season, the bull-headed Strasburg simply gets the next batter out, inning over.
June 2, 2012 |
The doubts can rest. The worries can take the week off. Stephen Strasburg will hear no questions about his prized, reconstructed right elbow, at least not for the next five days. He answered them all Saturday afternoon at Nationals Park against the Atlanta Braves with seven of the most brilliant innings he has pitched for the Washington Nationals , a testament to what the 23-year-old is capable of and the fitness of his arm. For the first time in 28 career starts, Strasburg fired seven scoreless innings, leading the Nationals to a 2-0 victory , snapping their three-game skid and giving them six straight wins over Atlanta dating from last year.
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.
June 4, 2011 |
When team officials arrived at Nationals Park on the morning of June 8, 2010, fans were already gathering outside the gated players-only parking lot. Some of the fans had waited a year for this day, the unveiling of Stephen Strasburg on a major league field, in a Washington Nationals uniform. They called it "Strasmas. " The ballclub decided to spare Strasburg another vivid reminder of the hype attending his debut. Per the team's instructions, Strasburg and his wife, Rachel, drove straight into the bowels of the stadium, near a loading dock.