After Washington Nationals star Stephen Strasburg pitched six innings while giving up two earned runs in a loss to the Atlanta Braves on Monday night, it has been revealed that Strasburg is being examined by a doctor for forearm stiffness.
CSN Washington's Mark Zuckerman tweeted the information:
Forearm tightness for Strasburg, being examined by doctor. Davey says too early to know about next start.— Mark Zuckerman (@ZuckermanCSN) April 30, 2013
UPDATE: Wednesday, May 1, at 5:43 p.m. ET by Tom Kinslow
Davey says Stephen Strasburg had a clean bullpen session this afternoon with no issues. Again, will make next start in Saturday.— James Wagner (@JamesWagnerWP) May 1, 2013
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Stephen Strasburg's arm shows no signs of damage or injury, according to the Washington Post's Thomas Boswell. In fact, the fireballing righty won't miss a single start because of it.
Strasburg’s arm is “structurally perfect.” He merely felt “irritation in his forearm” Monday. "No problem," said Rizzo. Will make next start— Thomas Boswell (@ThomasBoswellWP) April 30, 2013
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Any time the word injury comes in any relation to Strasburg, alarm bells ring all over the baseball landscape, but the 24-year-old does not seem particularly concerned about his arm.
In fact, he almost seems annoyed that it got any attention to begin with.
Zuckerman offers up this quote as evidence:
Strasburg insisted his arm felt fine. "I'm not missing my next start, I'll tell you that."— Mark Zuckerman (@ZuckermanCSN) April 30, 2013
Of course, the decision about making his next start likely won't be his. We all got a good feel for that last season as he came back from Tommy John surgery.
The Nationals famously—or infamously, depending on who you talk to—shut down a healthy Strasburg down the stretch run and for the playoffs.
In other words, this franchise will exercise extreme caution when it comes to the health of its young right-hander.
Adding to the fact that the Nationals may be motivated to give him a little time off from pitching is that Strasburg has not been his dominant self this young season.
He is just 1-4 with a 3.13 ERA. While his poor record is certainly not all his fault, Strasburg has struggled with his control, and he's been hit far harder than he has been over the start of his career.
Stephen Strasburg (forearm tightness): "I'm not missing my next start. I'll tell you that right now." Strasburg scheduled to start Sat @ Pit— Travis Sawchik (@Sawchik_Trib) April 30, 2013
Still, leading up to this, there were no signs that his arm hurt or wasn't at 100 percent. We will find out what doctors have to say about this situation, but it looks like Strasburg will be back on the hill soon.