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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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Nationals GM Mike Rizzo confirmed Tuesday that Stephen Strasburg (elbow) is unlikely to pitch in the NLDS.
Strasburg has resumed playing catch following an extended shutdown period, but the ace right-hander is simply running out of time as he attempts to rehab a flexor mass strain. If the Nationals advance to the NLCS, they can reevaluate his status. Strasburg would be a nice weapon in long relief if he's feeling up to it. Sep 27 - 5:22 PM

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Stephen Strasburg (elbow) has begun playing catch on flat ground.

Strasburg tossed a ball for about five minutes with a trainer on Saturday and woke up Sunday with no abnormal discomfort. It's a small but significant first step for the ace right-hander, who was diagnosed with a flexor mass strain earlier this month. Strasburg is doubtful to return before the end of the regular season, but maybe he could take on some kind of role in October if the Nats make a deep postseason run. Somewhat miraculously, he's made just one postseason appearance in his seven-year major league career.
Sep 19 - 9:14 AM

Stephen Strasburg (elbow) received a platelet rich plasma injection on Friday.

Strasburg has also decided to get a second opinion on his injured elbow. When asked if he'd be available for the postseason, Strasburg responded, "I can't make that claim." Strasburg said the fatigue he felt during his last start was comparable to what he usually feels in the seventh or eighth inning. The Nationals' ace is a long shot to return this year. Fantasy owners in re-draft leagues can probably cut bait.
Sep 10 - 4:28 PM

An MRI has revealed a flexor mass strain in Stephen Strasburg's right arm.

The good news is there's nothing wrong with Strasburg's ulnar collateral ligament. The bad news is that he's almost certainly done for the regular season and perhaps for the postseason, as well. For now, the Nationals aren't putting a timetable on the right-hander, as they're waiting for the swelling to go down before developing a rehab plan. The Nats had been thinking about bringing Joe Ross (shoulder) back as a reliever, but that idea might be scrapped now. Reynaldo Lopez and Lucas Giolito are also options to fill Strasburg's rotation spot.
Sep 8 - 4:10 PM

Stephen Strasburg is scheduled to undergo an MRI on his right elbow Thursday.

Maybe he should have undergone the MRI last month, after he was placed on the disabled list with elbow discomfort? Strasburg felt a pinch in the back of that same elbow Wednesday in his first start back against the Braves and could very well be done for the season, even if the MRI results are promising. If they're not so promising, we could be talking about major surgery. Strasburg underwent Tommy John in 2010, after his rookie season. He signed a seven-year, $175 million contract extension with the Nationals in May.
Sep 8 - 1:08 AM

Stephen Strasburg was lifted from Wednesday's game against the Braves due to an apparent injury.

Strasburg had recorded one out in the third before the Nats' trainer came out to visit. The ace right-hander proceeded to leave the game holding his glove to his face. Given Strasburg's recent history of arm issues, this is ominous. He was just activated off the 15-day disabled list after a bout of discomfort in his right elbow. The Nationals should update his status shortly.
Sep 7 - 9:02 PM

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

Strasburg will return to the Nationals' starting rotation on Wednesday night against the Braves after missing a little over two weeks with discomfort in his right elbow. He had a 14.66 ERA over his last three starts before landing on the disabled list, but the ace right-hander gets a juicy matchup at home versus Atlanta. He's a must-start in standard fantasy leagues.
Sep 7 - 2:54 PM

Stephen Strasburg (elbow) has been cleared to start Wednesday against the Braves.

Strasburg made it through one final side session on Tuesday afternoon and got clearance to return immediately to the Nationals' starting rotation. The ace right-hander has been on the disabled list since August 22 because of discomfort in his right elbow. He had a 14.66 ERA over his last three starts, but this is pretty much a must-play versus Atlanta at this point in the fantasy season.
Sep 6 - 11:11 PM

Stephen Strasburg (elbow) threw a bullpen session Tuesday.

Nationals manager Dusty Baker said over the weekend that Strasburg could return to start Wednesday against the Braves. It's a little unusual to see a bullpen session a day before a start, but the Nationals are expected to make an official announcement after Tuesday's game. Strasburg has been out since August 22 due to right elbow soreness.
Sep 6 - 3:39 PM

Nationals manager Dusty Baker said Sunday that Stephen Strasburg (elbow) could return from the disabled list on Wednesday.

Strasburg, who has been sidelined since August 22 due to soreness in his right elbow, is eligible to come off the disabled list on Monday. He has thrown several bullpen sessions without issue though and it looks like he'll rejoin the rotation this week. He'll return to a 3.59 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and 178/44 K/BB ratio through 145 1/3 innings.
Source: MLB.com
Sep 4 - 9:33 PM

Stephen Strasburg (elbow) threw another successful bullpen session Friday.

Nationals manager Dusty Baker indicated afterward that it's unlikely Strasburg will need a rehab start and will rejoin the club's rotation "probably pretty soon." He's missed nearly two weeks with a sore right elbow but has bounced back quickly.
Sep 2 - 5:12 PM

Nationals pitching coach Mike Maddux said he expects Stephen Strasburg (elbow) to be ready to come off the 15-day disabled list when first eligible next week.

Strasburg made it through an intensive bullpen session Monday without issue and will be allowed to skip a minor league rehab assignment. The ace right-hander landed on the disabled list August 22 with inflammation in his right elbow. He has a concerning 14.66 ERA over his last three starts with Washington.
Aug 30 - 4:31 PM

Stephen Stasburg (elbow) has felt good playing catch the last two days.

Given his history with Tommy John surgery it's natural to press the panic button whenever we hear about Strasburg's elbow. Fortunately the soreness is in a different part of his elbow than the UCL, which is the ligament most commonly associated with major elbow injuries. The Nationals are considering Strasburg's latest trip to the disabled list precautionary and are hoping he'll be back early next month. The 28-year-old got off to a solid start this year but has slumped since the All-Star break with a 6.28 ERA over seven second-half starts.
Aug 25 - 5:24 PM

Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said Monday that he believes Stephen Strasburg's elbow is structurally sound.

For what it's worth, Rizzo is basing part of his assessment on Strasburg's pre-extension physical earlier this season. Nationals manager Dusty Baker indicated Monday that Strasburg will likely go for an MRI soon, but the team doesn't appear overly concerned about the situation, at least publicly. We should know more about his status in the next few days.
Aug 22 - 5:55 PM

According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, Stephen Strasburg's elbow issue is "not structural" and the Nationals believe he could pitch through it if this were the postseason.

Strasburg was placed on the 15-day disabled list Monday with soreness in his right elbow after posting a 14.66 ERA over his last three starts, including a nine-run drubbing last Wednesday versus the Rockies. There are red flags everywhere on this one, but the Nats are maintaining that he only needs a couple weeks of rest. For now anyway. A.J. Cole will start in Strasburg's place on Monday night against the Orioles.
Aug 22 - 1:58 PM

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Batters
PosRoleName
C1Wilson Ramos
2Jose Lobaton
3Pedro Severino
4Spencer Kieboom
1B1Ryan Zimmerman
2Clint Robinson
2B1Daniel Murphy
2Wilmer Difo
SS1Danny Espinosa
2Stephen Drew
3B1Anthony Rendon
LF1Jayson Werth
CF1Trea Turner
2Ben Revere
3Michael Taylor
4Brian Goodwin
RF1Bryce Harper
2Chris Heisey
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Stephen Strasburg
2Max Scherzer
3Gio Gonzalez
4Joe Ross
5Tanner Roark
6A.J. Cole
7Reynaldo Lopez
8Lucas Giolito
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Mark Melancon
2Shawn Kelley
3Blake Treinen
4Oliver Perez
5Sammy Solis
6Marc Rzepczynski
7Yusmeiro Petit
8Matt Belisle
9Koda Glover
10Sean Burnett
11Trevor Gott
12Rafael Martin
13Matt Grace
14Mat Latos