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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
College: San Diego State
Contract: view contract details

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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. Nov 11 - 10:02 PM

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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."
Nov 11 - 5:01 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
Oct 18 - 1:39 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.
Oct 1 - 11:41 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.
Sep 26 - 8:04 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.
Sep 20 - 4:39 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.
Sep 15 - 9:45 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.
Sep 9 - 9:53 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.
Sep 7 - 11:15 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.
Sep 6 - 5:02 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.
Sep 3 - 4:30 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.
Sep 2 - 6:24 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.
Sep 1 - 6:40 PM

Stephen Strasburg (back) didn't have his normal day-after-start game of catch Monday.

That's no surprise, of course, after he exited Sunday's outing with discomfort in his upper back. Strasburg doesn't have any structural damage, but he'll be given time for anti-inflammatories to kick in before he's allowed to resume a throwing program. He'll be re-evaluated on Tuesday.
Aug 31 - 6:40 PM

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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