April 5, 2012 |
After Stephen Strasburg dominated for seven innings, Ian Desmond singled in the go-ahead run in the ninth Thursday to give the Washington Nationals a season-opening 2-1 win over the Chicago Cubs. Strasburg, starting his first opener, allowed one run and five hits, struck out five and walked one. He reached 98 mph when he struck out Starlin Castro in the sixth. Tyler Clippard (1-0) worked a scoreless eighth to win in relief, and Brad Lidge got the save. Ryan Dempster , also making his first opening start, struck out 10 in 7 2-3 innings for the Cubs as they played their first game since Theo Epstein was hired away from Boston.
September 3, 2011 |
The baseball world will take a break from its pennant races Tuesday night and watch Stephen Strasburg hurl fastballs at close to 100 mph, mesmerized again with his talent. It will possess only a vague understanding of the medical advances that allowed him to do so now and, the Washington Nationals hope, for years to come. Strasburg will return to the major leagues one year, one month and 16 days after he threw a change-up and snapped the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow . One year ago Saturday, Lewis Yocum bored holes in a bone in Strasburg's elbow and attached to it a tendon removed from Strasburg's thigh.
March 29, 2011 |
VIERA, Fla. — The process of making Stephen Strasburg whole again started Sept. 3, the day a surgeon sliced open the pitcher's right elbow and inserted a replacement ulnar collateral ligament. A cast immobilized his right arm for two weeks. He endured a gauntlet of physical therapy, six days on, one day off each week. He threw a baseball again for the first time Jan. 31, and since then he has worked his way up to long toss at roughly 120 feet. He exerted himself enough to lose more than 15 pounds and sculpt his abdominals into a chiseled six-pack.
September 21, 2011 |
Stephen Strasburg is back pitching — and pitching well — for the Washington Nationals. So you might have heard people talking about something called Tommy John surgery. Last season, Strasburg was a sensation, winning five games and throwing pitches as fast as 100 miles per hour. Then the 22-year-old hurt his elbow. Doctors decided he needed Tommy John surgery. Special doctors, called surgeons, cut into Strasburg and replaced the injured ligament in his elbow with a tendon from his thigh.
September 13, 2013 |
If the Washington Nationals did not slow down Friday, it seems hard to believe they will at all. Their flame-throwing ace felt irritation in his right forearm, and the Nationals replaced him with a journeyman who employs a windup out of the 1950s. And then their scalding lineup bashed two homers, Ross Ohlendorf survived five innings and the Nationals left the Philadelphia Phillies in their wake. A crater appeared before their car and they cruised through it. Just drove over a pothole, you said?
September 24, 2013 |
The last five games of the Washington Nationals ' 2013 baseball season will not matter. That became official on Monday night when the Nats lost — in an appropriately cruel twist — to the St. Louis Cardinals, while both the Pittsburgh Pirates and Cincinnati Reds were winning their games. That reduced the Nats' not-so-magic number to avoid missing the playoffs to zero. Another season gone. Another long winter ahead. And now it can be said, with almost no doubt, that the decision to shut down Stephen Strasburg last September didn't cost Washington one chance to win a World Series, it cost the team and the city two chances.
August 22, 2011 |
HAGERSTOWN, Md. — He said he still gets "amped up" before he steps to the mound in the first inning. After those initial warmup pitches, the adrenaline rush of being back in the comfortable place that was taken from him nearly a year ago can still be overwhelming for Stephen Strasburg as he continues to work his way back to Nationals Park. Strasburg's nerves were palpable as he made his fourth rehabilitation start on Monday, for the Class A Hagerstown Suns. He struggled through a first inning in which he threw 27 pitches, hit a batter for the first time this season, allowed three runners to get on base, and failed to show command of his breaking ball.
August 8, 2011 |
Stephen Strasburg seems to be coming along nicely in his rehab from Tommy John surgery. By all accounts, he looked good Sunday , even if he did give up three hits. That was hardly surprising in his first real outing against real hitters — albeit Class A hitters — in more than a year. He also threw 31 pitches, 25 of them for strikes , also not surprising, given his prodigious talent. The sellout crowd, the large media contingent, the hype — that wasn't surprising, either.
April 4, 2012 |
Stephen Strasburg stood on the right field warning track at Nationals Park on Tuesday afternoon, just in front of the home bullpen, playing toss with a teammate. Strasburg has found contentment this spring with his abilty to blend in, and here was another moment when he looked like any other Washington Nationals pitcher. It may also have been one of the last. Once Strasburg climbs the Wrigley Field mound Thursday afternoon for his first opening day start , the normalcy will cease, at least for a few hours.
July 19, 2011 |
I see Stephen Strasburg pitched a simulated game Monday and is on target to maybe, just maybe, throw a non-simulated game for the Washington Nationals in September. A few years ago, I would have thrown in a joke about all the Nats' games being simulated, but no more. The Nats have reached respectability. My disdain for predictions aside, I forecast a finish of a few games over .500, and they might reach that — with or without Strasburg. Not long ago, I'd have argued to give Strasburg the Garbo treatment until spring training 2012 — in other words, leave him alone.