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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 has been named the Nationals' Opening Day starter.
It's a no-brainer with Max Scherzer not quite ready for the opener (Scherzer is in line to start the Nats' third game). Strasburg will be making his fourth Opening Day start. He posted a 3.60 ERA and 183/44 K/BB ratio over 147 2/3 innings for the Nationals last season. Mar 26 - 10:26 AM

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Stephen Strasburg is lined up to start on Opening Day for the Nationals.

The nod would have gone to reigning National League Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer, but he was slowed this spring by a stress fracture in his right ring finger and currently projects to start Washington's third regular-season game. Gio Gonzalez is in line for the second game of the season, and Tanner Roark likely will start the fourth. Granted, none of this is official yet.
Mar 23 - 8:30 AM

Stephen Strasburg pitched 4 1/3 innings of two-run ball Sunday against the Marlins.

Strasburg allowed four hits, walked one and struck out three. Working exclusively out of the stretch, he's been less than dominant this spring, though his 7.30 ERA is mostly the result of one dreadful outing on March 8 (he's allowed four runs over 10 1/3 innings in the other three). Right now, he wouldn't seem to rate as a great value pick on draft day.
Mar 19 - 4:49 PM

Stephen Strasburg fanned five while allowing two runs in four innings Monday against the Tigers.

Strasburg allowed three hits and walked none. Though he gave up a homer to J.D. Martinez, it was a far better effort than his last start, when he surrendered six runs in two innings versus the Cardinals.
Mar 13 - 5:11 PM

Stephen Strasburg was lit up for six runs and seven hits in two innings by the Cardinals on Wednesday.

Strasburg has altered his delivery so that he's always working from the stretch, even with none on. Of course, he pretty much always would have been working from the stretch today anyway. One wonders if a bad spring would cause him to go back to his old way of doing things.
Mar 8 - 4:21 PM

Stephen Strasburg cruised threw two innings in his spring debut Friday against the Cardinals.

Even though he struck out three, Strasburg needed just 23 pitches to get through two innings. He pitched strictly out of the stretch today, which is a change for him. He seems to think it could help him keep his mechanics in line and stay healthy.
Mar 3 - 4:11 PM

Stephen Strasburg is set to make his Grapefruit League debut on Friday.

He'll either face the Marlins or Cardinals, as the Nationals have split-squad games on the schedule for Friday afternoon. Strasburg has been eased into action in camp this spring after partially tearing the pronator tendon in his right elbow last September 7. The hope is he will be at full strength for the beginning of the 2017 regular season.
Mar 2 - 9:17 AM

Stephen Strasburg pitched in an intrasquad game on Thursday.

It was Strasburg's first time throwing to live hitters since partially tearing the pronator tendon in his right elbow on September 7. He wasn't particularly sharp, needing 23 pitches to get through four batters. On the plus side, Strasburg was able to use his whole repertoire. Strasburg pitched exclusively out of the stretch, a move designed to speed up his delivery to home plate. The 28-year-old is always great when healthy but that hasn't been a frequent occurrence.
Source: MASN Sports
Feb 23 - 10:26 PM

Stephen Strasburg threw freely off a mound on Thursday in Nationals camp.

Strasburg delivered all of his pitches during a bullpen session that lasted around 10 minutes. He plans to throw his slider/cutter less frequently in 2017 in order to relieve some stress on his troublesome right elbow. The right-hander remains a high-risk, high-reward fantasy starter leading into 2017. All of the early signs are good.
Feb 16 - 12:55 PM

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

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

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