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Stephen Strasburg | Starting Pitcher | #37

Team: Washington Nationals
Age / DOB:  (27) / 7/20/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 228
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: San Diego State
Drafted: 2009 / Rd. 1 (1) / WAS
Contract: view contract details
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Nationals and RHP Stephen Strasburg avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $10.4 million contract.
It's currently the largest deal for an arbitration-eligible player. Strasburg earned the raise after putting up a 3.46 ERA and 155/26 K/BB ratio across 127 1/3 innings in 2015. He'll be pitching in his walk year in 2016. Jan 15 - 3:00 PM

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Appearing at the Nationals' Winterfest event on Saturday, Stephen Strasburg said the lesion he had removed from his upper back this offseason was a fibrolipoma.

A fibrolipoma is essentially a benign tumor. Strasburg admitted that the growth affected his pitching mechanics last season. Doctors have told Strasburg there's "pretty much a zero percent chance" of the fibrolipoma coming back. Strasburg began working out again only a few days after the procedure and should be fine for the start of spring training. The 27-year-old figures to be the most coveted pitcher in free agency next offseason.
Sat, Dec 12, 2015 06:24:00 PM

Updating a previous story, Stephen Strasburg had a lesion removed from his upper-right back, not a non-cancerous growth.

Earlier on Wednesday, Strasburg's agent Scott Boras said that the pitcher had a "non-cancerous growth" removed via surgery a month ago. A team official's shone some light on the exact nature of Strasburg's ailment. It was a lesion on his upper-right back. The 27-year-old right-hander is currently on a normal offseason schedule and should be ready for spring training.
Wed, Nov 11, 2015 10:02:00 PM

Agent Scott Boras said that Stephen Strasburg underwent a successful surgery to remove a non-cancerous growth from his back a month ago.

This is the first time that the news of Strasburg's surgery had been made public, but it's not a huge surprise given that he missed several starts due to back pain. Boras indicated that the growth (he deemed it as "muscular" in its origin) caused the star right-hander to feel discomfort while pitching. When healthy, Strasburg pitched to a 3.46 ERA while striking out 155 across 127 1/3 innings (23 starts). For whatever his medical opinion is worth, Boras said that the pitcher is "fine now."
Wed, Nov 11, 2015 05:01:00 PM

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that there's been "a lot of buzz" that the Nationals could make Stephen Strasburg available for trade this winter.

It's interesting especially since the Nats are already poised to lose Jordan Zimmermann and Doug Fister via free agency this offseason. Strasburg was limited to 23 starts this season due to a back issue but posted a 3.46 ERA with 155 strikeouts over 127 1/3 innings when he was healthy. He's arbitration-eligible for a final time this winter and there would certainly be plenty of interest should Washington indeed place him on the trade block.
Source: Boston Globe
Sun, Oct 18, 2015 01:39:00 PM

Stephen Strasburg struck out seven over six innings as the Nationals shut out the Braves 3-0 on Thursday.

Sure, this one was against a nothing offense, but it's another great outing from Strasburg to close the year. He allowed two earned runs over his final four starts, and he struck out 57 over his last five. He went 6-2 with a 1.89 ERA, a 0.75 WHIP and a 92/8 K/BB ratio in his 10 starts after coming off the disabled list in August. Needless to say, he'll be getting a lot of hype again next spring.
Thu, Oct 1, 2015 11:41:00 PM

Stephen Strasburg held the Phillies to one run over eight dominant innings Saturday in a no-decision.

Bryce Harper walked it off for the Nats in the bottom of the 12th inning. Strasburg was again sensational, striking out 13 batters and surrendering only three hits and a walk. That's now four straight starts with a double-digit strikeout total for the 27-year-old right-hander, and he's got a good shot at a fifth straight next week in Atlanta. It will be Strasburg's final start of 2015.
Sat, Sep 26, 2015 08:04:00 PM

Stephen Strasburg held the Marlins to two runs -- one earned -- over seven innings Sunday in the Nationals' victory.

Strasburg struck out 10 and walked just one in the mostly-terrific outing. He gave up a solo homer to Marcell Ozuna in the top of the sixth inning but the only other run Miami scored against him came on an Ian Desmond error in the second. Strasburg boasts a 3.81 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, and 135/24 K/BB ratio in 113 1/3 innings this season. He'll try to continue his strong finish next time out against the Phillies.
Sun, Sep 20, 2015 04:39:00 PM

Stephen Strasburg dominated the Phillies, punching out 14 batters and allowing only one hit over eight innings on Tuesday.

Strasburg struck out the side in the fifth and seventh innings and limited the Phillies to only two base runners. Freddy Galvis drew a walk in the first and Cody Asche had a base hit to lead off the fifth. The right-hander also struck out 13 in his previous start against the Mets. The 14 K's on Tuesday represents a new season-high. Strasburg now owns a 3.98 ERA with a 1.16 WHIP and a 125/23 K/BB ratio over 106 1/3 innings. He'll face the Marlins at home next.
Tue, Sep 15, 2015 09:45:00 PM

Stephen Strasburg pitched excellently but lost to the Mets on Wednesday, allowing three runs while striking out 13 in 7 1/3 innings.

Strasburg's only mistake through the first seven innings resulted in a solo home run to Travis d'Arnaud in the second. The Mets rallied in the eighth as pinch-hitter Kelly Johnson launched a game-tying solo home run, and Curtis Granderson hit a one-out single to chase Strasburg from the game. He gave up five hits and a walk overall. The 13 strikeouts mark a season-high. He'll head into a road start against the Phillies next week with a 4.30 ERA, a 1.23 WHIP, and a 111/22 K/BB ratio over 98 1/3 innings.
Wed, Sep 9, 2015 09:53:00 PM

Stephen Strasburg (back) has been cleared to start Wednesday against the Mets.

Strasburg had been bothered by some discomfort in his upper back, but he made it through an intensive bullpen session Sunday without issue. The right-hander has been limited to 91 innings this season due to a variety of injuries and he carries a disappointing 4.35 ERA.
Mon, Sep 7, 2015 11:15:00 AM

Stephen Strasburg (back) threw another successful bullpen session on Sunday.

As long as he doesn't report any lingering soreness on Monday, he'll be cleared to return to the Nationals rotation on Wednesday against the Mets. The oft-injured hurler has been limited to just 91 innings on the season.
Sun, Sep 6, 2015 05:02:00 PM

Nationals manager Matt Williams said that Stephen Strasburg (back) felt fine coming out of his bullpen session Thursday.

Strasburg left his most recent start on Sunday due to discomfort in his upper back and will have his turn skipped on Friday. However, the expectation is that he'll make his return for a crucial series against the first-place Mets early next week.
Thu, Sep 3, 2015 04:30:00 PM

Stephen Strasburg (back) won't start on Friday as originally hoped.

Strasburg played catch Wednesday and is still slated to throw a bullpen session Thursday, but Tanner Roark will take the hill against the Braves. Wednesday was the second consecutive day Strasburg has played catch, a good sign even if he's not yet on track to return to the mound. The right-hander is fighting through some discomfort in his upper back that forced him to leave his most start. More should be known about his immediate future after Thursday's bullpen session.
Wed, Sep 2, 2015 06:24:00 PM

Stephen Strasburg (back) played catch without any issues on Tuesday.

It's a good sign, obviously, but Strasburg won't be cleared to make his next scheduled start until he gets though a bullpen session. The Nats had Tanner Roark throw only two innings at Double-A Harrisburg on Monday just in case he's needed to start in place of Strasburg.
Tue, Sep 1, 2015 06:40:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Wilson Ramos
2Jose Lobaton
3Jhonatan Solano
4Pedro Severino
5Spencer Kieboom
1B1Ryan Zimmerman
2Tyler Moore
3Clint Robinson
2B1Daniel Murphy
2Wilmer Difo
3Chris Bostick
SS1Danny Espinosa
2Stephen Drew
3Trea Turner
4Brendan Ryan
3B1Anthony Rendon
LF1Jayson Werth
2Matt den Dekker
3Reed Johnson
CF1Ben Revere
2Michael Taylor
3Logan Schafer
RF1Bryce Harper
2Chris Heisey
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Stephen Strasburg
2Max Scherzer
3Gio Gonzalez
4Joe Ross
5Tanner Roark
6A.J. Cole
7Taylor Jordan
8Bronson Arroyo
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Jonathan Papelbon
2Shawn Kelley
3Felipe Rivero
4Trevor Gott
5Oliver Perez
6Blake Treinen
7Yusmeiro Petit
8Rafael Martin
9Aaron Barrett
10Matt Grace
11Sammy Solis
12Nick Lee
13Nick Masset
14Aaron Laffey