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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
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Stephen Strasburg said Sunday that he plans to use his slider/cutter less in 2017 in order to put less stress on his pitching elbow.
The pitch was new for Strasburg in 2016 and he thinks it's what led to his elbow issues. It doesn't sound like he'll scrap the pitch altogether, but it will definitely be less a part of his repertoire next season. Strasburg is slated to follow his normal offseason throwing program this winter, as he'll pick up a ball for the first time next month. Sun, Dec 11, 2016 11:10:00 AM

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In an interview with Grant Paulsen on MLB Network Radio, Stephen Strasburg said he will begin throwing around January 1.

Strasburg battled various injuries including elbow trouble throughout the 2016 season but is expected to have a normal and healthy off-season. He won't have any restrictions in spring training, though he still carries considerable injury risk.
Sat, Dec 10, 2016 11:02:00 AM

According to Jon Morosi of MLB Network, agent Scott Boras said Thursday that Stephen Strasburg (elbow) is expected to have a normal throwing schedule this offseason and be ready for spring training.

Strasburg suffered a partial tear of the pronator tendon in his elbow on September 7. He threw a couple of bullpen sessions this month, but was unable to make it back for the NLDS. The expectation is that he'll be fine after the long offseason, but this situation will obviously be worth monitoring in the spring. Strasburg, 28, posted a 3.60 ERA and 183/44 K/BB over 147 2/3 innings this season.
Thu, Oct 20, 2016 08:01:00 PM

Nationals manager Dusty Baker confirmed Thursday that Stephen Strasburg (elbow) is not going to be an option the NLCS.

"He won't be available for the next series," Baker told reporters before Game 5 of the NLDS. "It would be a miracle if he was." Strasburg felt renewed discomfort in his right elbow while throwing a bullpen session Monday and can probably be ruled out for the postseason entirely. He was diagnosed in early September with a pronator tendon strain.
Thu, Oct 13, 2016 04:08:00 PM

Stephen Strasburg stopped his bullpen session early on Monday after feeling some discomfort.

Strasburg was scheduled to throw 35 pitches and he was shut down about five short of that total. Nationals manager Dusty Baker downplayed the issue to reporters on Tuesday, but obviously any kind of setback could rule him out from contributing this postseason. Strasburg has been out since early September with a tear in the pronator tendon of his elbow.
Tue, Oct 11, 2016 01:51:00 PM

Stephen Strasburg (elbow) threw a bullpen session Monday morning at Dodger Stadium.

It was his second mound workout since he re-injured his pitching elbow in early September, and he was able to work in his curveball for the first time. FOX Sports' Jon Morosi says the Nationals are hopeful Strasburg will be ready to pitch in Game 4 of the NLCS, should they advance past the Dodgers in the best-of-five Division Series. Strasburg has made just one postseason appearance in his illustrious seven-year major league career.
Mon, Oct 10, 2016 02:30:00 PM

Stephen Strasburg (elbow) threw a bullpen session Friday.

It's the first time Strasburg has thrown off a mound since he injured his pitching elbow a month ago. The righty also revealed that he tore his pronator tendon, not his flexor mass as previously reported. Strasburg won't make any starts during the postseason, but if he continues to progress it's possible the Nationals could have the right-hander available in a relief role should they make the NLCS. He'll throw another bullpen session Monday.
Fri, Oct 7, 2016 01:24:00 PM

Per Jon Morosi of MLB Network, Stephen Strasburg (elbow) has progressed to the point where pitching in the NLCS is a possibility if the Nationals advance.

Strasburg threw off flat ground again on Wednesday, but he did so with a full windup this time. The next step will be throwing off a mound, so the prospect of a return all depends on how he responds. At this point, pitching in a relief role remains the best-case scenario this postseason.
Wed, Oct 5, 2016 01:55:00 PM

Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said Tuesday that Stephen Strasburg (elbow) is on a "return to throw" program.

Strasburg, out since early September with a flexor mass strain, has only advanced to throwing off flat ground at this point. He's unlikely to make a major contribution during the playoffs. The best-case scenario would be a relief role if the Nationals advance.
Tue, Oct 4, 2016 01:04:00 PM

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.
Tue, Sep 27, 2016 05:22:00 PM

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.
Mon, Sep 19, 2016 09:14:00 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.
Sat, Sep 10, 2016 04:28:00 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.
Thu, Sep 8, 2016 04:10:00 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.
Thu, Sep 8, 2016 01:08:00 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.
Wed, Sep 7, 2016 09:02:00 PM

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3Pedro Severino
4Spencer Kieboom
5Raudy Read
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2Clint Robinson
3Jose Marmolejos
2B1Daniel Murphy
2Wilmer Difo
3Corban Joseph
4Emmanuel Burriss
SS1Trea Turner
3B1Anthony Rendon
2Matt Skole
3Brandon Snyder
LF1Jayson Werth
CF1Adam Eaton
2Michael Taylor
3Brian Goodwin
4Rafael Bautista
RF1Bryce Harper
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PosRoleName
S1Max Scherzer
2Stephen Strasburg
3Tanner Roark
4Gio Gonzalez
5Joe Ross
6A.J. Cole
7Austin Voth
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Shawn Kelley
2Blake Treinen
3Sammy Solis
4Trevor Gott
5Oliver Perez
6Koda Glover
7Matt Grace
8Rafael Martin
9Jimmy Cordero
10Austin Adams
11Derek Eitel
12Tim Collins
13Jacob Turner
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