Nationals Place Stephen Strasburg on DL with Lat Injury
According to CSN Washington's Mark Zuckerman, the Washington Nationals made the decision official on Wednesday afternoon:
Strasburg to DL. Nothing happened today, lat just still tight.— Mark Zuckerman (@ZuckermanCSN) June 5, 2013
According to MASNsports' Dan Kolko, Strasburg is eligible to come off DL on June 15:
Strasburg still has tenderness and a little discomfort in lat, Davey says. Eligible to come off DL June 15 but no idea yet if he'll be ready— Dan Kolko (@masnKolko) June 5, 2013
Strasburg was set to make his first bullpen session since suffering the injury, but there was reportedly still tenderness, according to the Washington Times' Amanda Comak, so that never happened.
In his stead, the Nationals will need a spot starter for Saturday's contest against the Minnesota Twins. According to Comak, the replacement will come from the minors:
The #nats may add a reliever for between now and Saturday, but they will add a starter for Saturday's game.— Amanda Comak (@acomak) June 5, 2013
This serves as the most recent blow for the 29-29 Nationals, who currently have Bryce Harper and Danny Espinosa on the DL, and just got Jayson Werth back after a month sidelined. Third baseman Ryan Zimmerman also made a stint on the disabled list in late April.
Currently, Strasburg is just 3-5, but that doesn't come close to explaining his value.
In 12 starts this season, the 24-year-old has a 2.54 ERA, 1.06 WHIP and 73 strikeouts in 74.1 innings. In 57 career starts, he has a 2.85 ERA and 1.08 WHIP.
If there's a silver lining, Nationals fans can rest easy knowing that this injury has nothing to do with their ace's arm.
Strasburg is one of the most talented young starters in the league, but the Nationals, who famously shut him down last year despite being in contention for a World Series title, are being extremely cautious with him.
But because this injury isn't serious, there's a good chance Strasburg will be able to return as soon as he's eligible.
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