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Stephen Strasburg | Starting Pitcher | #37

Team: Washington Nationals
Age / DOB:  (28) / 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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Stephen Strasburg took his first loss of the season on Wednesday afternoon, yielding six earned runs over six innings versus the visiting Dodgers.
Strasburg struck out 10 and issued only one walk, but the Dodgers got to him for two runs in the top of the first inning and four more in the top of the third. Justin Turner did most of the damage with a pair of two-run homers. This should go down as a random hiccup for Strasburg, who now stands 13-1 on the year with a 2.83 ERA. He gets the Indians on the road next. Jul 21 - 3:47 PM

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Stephen Strasburg was brilliant Friday, tossing eight innings of one-run ball in a 5-1 win over the Pirates.

The only run scored on an RBI single from Jordy Mercer in the fifth inning. Strasburg gave up just three hits in all while walking two and striking out six. He has allowed one run or fewer in three starts since coming off the disabled list and now stands at 13-0 on the year to go along with a 2.51 ERA. He’ll try to stay perfect when he takes on the Dodgers next week in another home start.
Jul 15 - 9:59 PM

Stephen Strasburg spun seven innings of one-run baseball to defeat the Mets 3-1 on Friday, striking out nine batters while allowing only two hits and three walks.

Strasburg runs his record to a perfect 12-0 with the victory. Although fragile, Strasburg is an elite pitcher when healthy. He now sports a 2.62 ERA with 132 strikeouts and 31 walks in 106 2/3 innings.
Jul 8 - 11:57 PM

Stephen Strasburg pitched well in Sunday's 12-1 win over the Reds, firing 6 2/3 innings of no-hit, scoreless ball.

While Strasburg did not allow a hit over his 7 2/3 innings of work, he was just wild enough with his four walks to take himself out of the running for the proper, nine-inning no-hitter. Reliever Matt Belisle made it all a moot point in the eighth when he surrendered a trio of knocks. Strasburg missed several June starts after being placed on the disabled list with a strained upper back, perhaps an explanation for his lack of control on Sunday. He will try to lock back into a groove in a road date with the Mets next time he toes the rubber. For the season, Strasburg holds a 2.71 ERA, 1.03 WHIP and 123/28 K/BB ratio across 99 2/3 innings.
Jul 3 - 6:29 PM

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

The Nats waited until the last minute to activate Stasburg before he started Sunday, as they wanted to make sure he got through warm-ups with no issues. Joe Ross (shoulder) has been placed on the DL in a corresponding move, so Lucas Giolito will stick around.
Jul 3 - 1:50 PM

Stephen Strasburg (back) will start Sunday's game against the Reds.

Well that was fast. Washington's decision to place Strasburg on the disabled list a week ago was met with widespread panic but in the end he only ended up missing a couple starts. With Strasburg back in the fold, it looks like top prospect Lucas Giolito is headed back to the minors. Strasburg is undefeated this year with a tidy 2.90 ERA. He scattered three runs and four hits over 5 1/3 innings when he faced Cincinnati on June 4.
Jul 2 - 11:37 PM

Nationals manager Dusty Baker still has not announced a starter for Sunday's game against the Reds and said it could be a "game-time decision."

Strasburg (back) is hoping to get the ball on Sunday but Baker might decide to play it safe and go with top prospect Lucas Giolito. Either way, it looks like Strasburg is on the cusp of returning after missing his last couple turns with a strained upper back. The right-hander is having one of his best seasons with 10 wins and a 2.90 ERA through his first 14 starts.
Jul 2 - 5:52 PM

The Nationals have not yet ruled out Stephen Strasburg (back) starting on Sunday against the Reds.

Manager Dusty Baker said that Strasburg is feeling good and wants to make the start, but the club is still trying to decide whether they should hold him back a bit longer. While Lucas Giolito does still seem like a pretty good bet for Sunday, it does seem like there's a much better chance for Strasburg to take the ball than there was a day or two ago.
Jul 1 - 2:36 PM

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

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

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2Jose Lobaton
1B1Ryan Zimmerman
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2B1Daniel Murphy
2Trea Turner
SS1Danny Espinosa
2Stephen Drew
3B1Anthony Rendon
LF1Jayson Werth
CF1Ben Revere
2Michael Taylor
RF1Bryce Harper
2Chris Heisey
Starting Pitcher
S1Stephen Strasburg
2Max Scherzer
3Gio Gonzalez
4Joe Ross
5Tanner Roark
6Lucas Giolito
Relief Pitcher
R1Jonathan Papelbon
2Shawn Kelley
3Felipe Rivero
4Blake Treinen
5Oliver Perez
6Sammy Solis
7Yusmeiro Petit
8Aaron Barrett
9Matt Belisle