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Stephen Strasburg | Starting Pitcher

Team: Washington Nationals
Age / DOB:  (27) / 7/20/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 228
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Stephen Strasburg was forced to leave Sunday's start against the Rockies after four innings due to discomfort in his upper back.
It's similar to one of the many injury issues that the right-hander has dealt with this season. It's unclear at the moment how much time he may miss. He has been limited to a total of 91 innings in 18 starts this year. Aug 30 - 5:32 PM

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Stephen Strasburg struggled early in Sunday's win over the Marlins, surrendering four runs on seven hits over four innings.

Strasburg surrendered a three-run homer to Justin Bour in the first inning and a solo bomb to Derek Dietrich in the fourth. After the frame ended, Strasburg was pulled from the game. There was no initial sign of injury, though his fastball velocity had dropped to 92 on several pitches. If there's anything amiss with him, the team should clarify after the game. Hopefully there's nothing physically wrong, as he's pitched much better of late than the overall 4.35 ERA, 1.26 WHIP and 98/21 K/BB ratio (in 91 innings) he's set to take into a scheduled home start against the Braves.
Aug 30 - 4:49 PM

Stephen Strasburg held the Padres to two runs in six innings, earning the win on Tuesday.

Strasburg's lone mistake was a two-run home run to Jedd Gyorko in the second inning. In total, he gave up only two hits and a walk while striking out seven. In four starts since returning from the disabled list, the right-hander has a 1.73 ERA, perhaps a sign he can still salvage his season. Strasburg will carry a 4.14 ERA, a 1.24 WHIP, and a 95/21 K/BB ratio over 87 innings into a home start versus the Marlins.
Aug 25 - 10:38 PM

Stephen Strasburg allowed just one unearned run over seven innings Wednesday night against the Rockies.

Strasburg yielded only two hits, walked none, and struck out five in a tremendous outing at Coors Field. The 27-year-old right-hander owns a 1.35 ERA and 25/2 K/BB ratio in 20 innings (three starts) since returning from the disabled list on August 8. He's going to help win some fantasy championships down the stretch.
Aug 20 - 10:44 AM

Stephen Strasburg locked into a groove as Thursday's loss to the Giants progressed, ultimately allowing two runs on seven hits over six innings.

Strasburg just looked a little off early. The Giants scored twice in the bottom of the first against the stud right-hander, with runs coming home on a pair of RBI singles. The next two innings saw hits as well, but no runs, and Strasburg settled down as the game moved into the later innings. He finished the contest with eight strikeouts and since coming back from the disabled list, he's fanned 20 over his last two starts, covering 13 innings. He holds a 83/20 K/BB ratio over 74 innings for the season and is a much, much better pitcher than his 4.62 ERA and 1.39 WHIP would suggest. If these last two starts are any indication, Strasburg might be ready to strike out the universe over the next month-and-a-half. A trip to Denver to face the Rockies is up next on his schedule.
Aug 14 - 1:09 AM

Making his first start since being placed on the disabled list in early July, Stephen Strasburg was dominant on Saturday, holding the Rockies to one run on three hits over seven innings in the 6-1 win.

Strasburg allowed a double to Charlie Blackmon to open the game, but he prevented Blackmon from scoring and cruised from that point on. Five of the first nine outs he recorded came via the strikeout and he fanned 12 total batters over his seven innings on the mound. Overall, Strasburg is pitching to a 4.76 ERA, 1.38 WHIP and 75/18 K/BB across 68 innings, but if he can stay healthy, he remains a high-upside fantasy commodity. A road start against the Giants is up next on his schedule as he tries to find his groove for the stretch run.
Aug 8 - 9:49 PM

Nationals activated RHP Stephen Strasburg from the 15-day disabled list.

Strasburg will rejoin the Nationals rotation on Saturday against the Rockies. In his three starts prior to being shelved, the right-hander compiled a 1.15 ERA and 18/4 K/BB ratio over 15 2/3 innings of work.
Aug 8 - 3:55 PM

Stephen Strasburg (oblique) will be activated from the disabled list to start for the Nationals on Saturday against the Rockies.

The right-hander looked good in a minor league rehab start with Triple-A Syracuse on Monday and came through his mid-week bullpen session without any issues. Prior to this stint on the disabled list, he had shown signs of getting back on track, registering a 1.15 ERA and 18/4 K/BB ratio over 15 2/3 innings in his last three starts.
Aug 6 - 8:05 PM

Stephen Strasburg (oblique) is lined up to start for the Nationals on Saturday against the Rockies.

But manager Matt Williams said he's going to wait until Friday to make anything official. Strasburg looked sharp in a rehab start Monday at Triple-A Syracuse and then made it through a bullpen session without issue on Wednesday. He has been on the disabled list since early July with a strained oblique.
Aug 6 - 1:39 PM

Stephen Strasburg (oblique) will throw a bullpen session Wednesday before a decision is made about where his next start will be.

It figures that he's going to be cleared to return to the Nationals' rotation over the weekend, but there's nothing official yet. Strasburg was sharp in his last rehab outing Monday at Triple-A Syracuse, striking out 11 batters over 5 2/3 innings. He has been on the disabled list since the first week of July with an oblique strain.
Aug 4 - 4:29 PM

Stephen Strasburg (oblique) yielded two runs while striking out 11 over 5 2/3 innings in a rehab start with Triple-A Syracuse on Monday.

Strasburg gave up five hits and didn't walk anyone. The terrific showing should cinch his return to the Nationals' rotation this weekend at home against the Rockies. He's missed the last month with a strained left oblique.
Aug 3 - 8:52 PM

Stephen Strasburg (oblique) will make another rehab start with Triple-A Syracuse on Monday.

Strasburg allowed three runs on four hits over four innings in his first rehab outing Wednesday. As long as he doesn't have a physical setback on Monday, he'll rejoin the Nationals' rotation late next week.
Jul 31 - 6:16 PM

Stephen Strasburg (oblique) allowed three runs on four hits over four innings in his minor league rehab start with Triple-A Syracuse on Wednesday.

The right-hander punched out five on the day while walking just one, throwing 44 of his 64 pitches for strikes. It's unclear if he'll need a second tune-up in the minor leagues, or if he'll now be cleared to rejoin the Nationals rotation.
Jul 29 - 8:18 PM

Stephen Strasburg (oblique) will make a rehab start Wednesday with Triple-A Syracuse.

Strasburg made it through a 50-pitch simulated game Friday without issue and experienced no lingering effects in his left oblique muscle over the weekend. The right-hander is probably going to make multiple minor league rehab starts before returning to the Nationals' rotation. He has an ugly 5.16 ERA and 1.49 WHIP in 13 outings this season for Washington.
Jul 27 - 2:06 PM

Stephen Strasburg (oblique) is scheduled to begin a minor league rehab assignment next week.

Strasburg threw around 50 pitches in a simulated game on Friday and woke up Saturday with no abnormal soreness. It's not clear how many outings he'll make in the minors before returning to the Nationals' starting rotation. Strasburg has a rough 5.16 ERA and 1.49 WHIP this season, though we wouldn't rule out a strong finish.
Jul 25 - 5:30 PM

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2Tyler Moore
3Clint Robinson
2B1Anthony Rendon
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3Dan Uggla
SS1Ian Desmond
2Trea Turner
3B1Yunel Escobar
LF1Jayson Werth
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3Reed Johnson
CF1Denard Span
2Michael Taylor
3Nate McLouth
RF1Bryce Harper
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PosRoleName
S1Stephen Strasburg
2Max Scherzer
3Jordan Zimmermann
4Gio Gonzalez
5Joe Ross
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R1Jonathan Papelbon
2Drew Storen
3Casey Janssen
4Matt Thornton
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6Felipe Rivero
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9Aaron Barrett
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