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Stephen Strasburg | Starting Pitcher | #37

Team: Washington Nationals
Age / DOB:  (27) / 7/20/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 235
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: San Diego State
Drafted: 2009 / Rd. 1 (1) / WAS
Contract: view contract details

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Nationals manager Dusty Baker indicated Thursday that Stephen Strasburg (back) is unlikely to rejoin the rotation on Sunday against the Reds.
Baker didn't completely rule it out but said he's "more inclined not to rush him." Lucas Giolito pitched well in a rain-shortened major league debut, so the Nats can afford to give Strasburg a little more time. It does appear that he'll be back fairly soon, though. Jun 30 - 3:55 PM

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Stephen Strasburg (back) threw a successful bullpen session on Tuesday.

The star right-hander was pleased with how everything went and felt afterwards. The Nationals will continue to play things cautiously with his recovery and he's unlikely to return from the disabled list when first eligible on Friday. Barring any further setbacks though, a return next week seems plausible.
Jun 28 - 4:59 PM

Nationals manager Dusty Baker said Tuesday that an MRI on Stephen Strasburg's back didn't reveal anything unexpected.

In other words, he's still dealing with the initial diagnosis of an upper back strain. While that's encouraging news, the timetable for his return remains up in the air. Top prospect Lucas Giolito is taking his spot in the rotation for now.
Jun 28 - 3:45 PM

Stephen Strasburg (back, ribs) went for an MRI on Monday.

The team doesn't know the results yet. Strasburg was placed on the disabled list Sunday after being scratched from his second start in a row. The star right-hander reportedly dislocated two of his ribs while lifting weights last week. He had the ribs put back into place by a chiropractor but still didn't feel right ahead of Sunday's start. Strasburg is technically eligible to come off the disabled list Friday but that's not going to happen. Top prospect Lucas Giolito will take his spot in the starting rotation.
Jun 27 - 3:58 PM

Nationals placed RHP Stephen Strasburg on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to June 16, with an upper back strain.

Strasburg appeared to be track to start Sunday after visiting a chiropractor, but his back flared up on him again Saturday. He'll be eligible to return later this week but it seems unlikely that he'll be ready by then. The Nationals will announce a corresponding move prior to Monday's game.
Jun 26 - 1:44 PM

Stephen Strasburg (back) has been scratched from his scheduled start Sunday against the Brewers.

Strasburg was hoping to return Sunday after missing his last start Monday against the Dodgers but his back flared up again. After his latest setback, Strasburg is likely headed to the disabled list. Tanner Roark has been tabbed as Sunday's starter. He'll try to help the Nationals end their seven-game losing streak.
Jun 25 - 8:16 PM

Stephen Strasburg (back) is on track to start on Sunday versus the Brewers.

Strasburg was scratched from his last outing with an upper back strain, but he had two ribs popped back into place and is now feeling much better. He threw a light bullpen session Friday and should officially be cleared to start Sunday as long as he shows up to the ballpark Saturday feeling alright.
Jun 24 - 5:17 PM

Stephen Strasburg (back) played catch prior to Wednesday's game against the Dodgers.

Manager Dusty Baker called Strasburg's progress "very encouraging." The team is hopeful that he will be able to make his next scheduled start, which would come against the Brewers on Sunday. Should he need another day or two, Tanner Roark and Joe Ross could be pushed up a day in the rotation, to allow Strasburg to make a Monday or Tuesday start against the Mets. The 27-year-old right-hander initially strained his upper back while lifting weights on Saturday.
Source: MASN Sports
Jun 22 - 9:33 PM

Stephen Strasburg (back) is hopeful he'll make his next start on Sunday against the Brewers.

Strasburg suffered an upper back strain while lifting weights on Saturday and had to be scratched from Monday's scheduled start against the Dodgers. Fortunately, it's not considered serious and is unrelated to his neck/back issues from the first half last year. "I think it’s something that’s manageable," he said. "It’s gotten better; that’s the big thing. It’s just still there. I just don’t want to make the same mistake I made last year and have it become a long-term thing. I just want to nip it in the bud, and get ready for the next one."
Source: MASN Sports
Jun 21 - 8:31 AM

Stephen Strasburg was scratched from Monday's scheduled start against the Dodgers due to an upper back strain.

So much for the Strasburg vs. Clayton Kershaw matchup. It's unclear how long he'll be sidelined, but it's worth noting that Strasburg dealt with upper back and neck issues early on in the 2015 season. Yusmeiro Petit will start in his place Monday.
Jun 20 - 8:47 PM

Stephen Strasburg tossed seven innings of one-run ball Wednesday in a no-decision against the Cubs.

Washington wound up winning in the bottom of the 12th. Strasburg was terrific for the first seven frames, striking out eight, yielding just one walk, and scattering six hits. He still stands 10-0 on the season, now with a 2.90 ERA, 1.06 WHIP, and 118/24 K/BB ratio in 93 innings. Next on the docket is an intriguing road matchup against the Dodgers.
Jun 15 - 8:38 PM

Stephen Strasburg racked up 10 strikeouts over seven innings of work on Friday, improving his record to 10-0 with a victory over the Phillies.

Strasburg struggled early, allowing the Phillies to scratch out a pair of runs in the second inning, then gave up a two-run blast to Tommy Joseph in the third. He was able to bear down though, and didn't allow another batter to reach the rest of the night, in all surrendering four runs on five hits and a walk. It's the 13th straight decision that the star right-hander has won dating back to last season, and the seventh time in 13 starts this year that he has recorded double-digit strikeouts. He'll bring a 3.03 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and 110/23 K/BB ratio into next week's start against the Cubs at home on Wednesday.
Jun 10 - 11:09 PM

Stephen Strasburg was forced to leave Saturday's start against the Reds due to cramping in his left calf.

Strasburg tried to stay hydrated throughout the rain delay, but the issue continued to bother him and forced him from the start. The good news, is that he feels much better now and the calf shouldn't be an issue going forward. Expect him to be fine to make his next scheduled start.
Jun 4 - 8:50 PM

Stephen Strasburg was forced to leave Saturday's game against the Reds with an apparent injury.

Strasburg limped off of the mound in the sixth inning after allowing a single to Jay Bruce. He grabbed at his right calf prior to throwing that final pitch. Perhaps he just had difficulty getting stretched back out after a rain delay. The Nationals should provide an update on his status shortly, fantasy owners will need to hold their breath until then.
Jun 4 - 6:51 PM

Stephen Strasburg bumped his record to 9-0 in Sunday's 10-2 win over the Cardinals, allowing one run on six hits over six innings.

Strasburg struck out 11 in his last start, but fell back to earth with just four of them on Sunday. A solo home run by Brandon Moss in the fourth inning accounted for the totality of the scoring on the ace right-hander's line. Strasburg is in the midst of his best major league season to date and will carry a 2.69 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and 90/20 K/BB ratio (73 2/3 innings) into a road start against the Reds in his next scheduled start.
May 29 - 5:08 PM

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SS1Danny Espinosa
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LF1Jayson Werth
CF1Ben Revere
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RF1Bryce Harper
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S1Stephen Strasburg
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3Gio Gonzalez
4Joe Ross
5Tanner Roark
6Lucas Giolito
Relief Pitcher
R1Jonathan Papelbon
2Shawn Kelley
3Felipe Rivero
4Blake Treinen
5Oliver Perez
6Matt Belisle
7Yusmeiro Petit
8Aaron Barrett
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