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UPDATE: Strasburg leaves start with forearm strain

Aug 21, 2010, 10:24 PM EST

Nationals phenom Stephen Strasburg was lifted from his start against the Phillies on Saturday with an apparent elbow injury. He delivered a 2-1 pitch to Philadelphia outfielder Domonic Brown...

UPDATE, 10:24 PM:  Zuckerman reports that Strasburg has a strained flexor tendon in his right forearm.  That’s an early diagnosis, and he’s scheduled to undergo an MRI on Sunday in the nation’s capital.

UPDATE, 9:52 PM:
  Here’s an update: There is no update.  According to Mark Zuckerman of Nats Insider, the Nats are expected to address the injury after tonight’s game.

8:45 PM:  Normally we try to ease the panic and keep order around these parts, but this isn’t good.

Nationals phenom Stephen Strasburg was lifted from his start against the Phillies on Saturday with an apparent elbow injury.  He delivered a 2-1 pitch to Philadelphia outfielder Domonic Brown and then looked to be in a good deal of pain while shaking the elbow on his throwing arm.  The Nats, of course, pulled him immediately.

Strasburg, 22, had thrown four-plus innings of one-run ball against a tough Phillies lineup.  He ended the night with six strikeouts against zero walks.

Whether the injury proves serious or not, we’re thinking that the Nationals will call it a season for their young ace.  He’s up to 68 major league innings and turned in 55.1 this year in the minors.  That’s a total of 123.1 frames.  He topped out at 109 innings last year for San Diego State.

  1. Jaysus - Aug 21, 2010 at 8:54 PM

    DOMONIC Brown

  2. Jaysus - Aug 21, 2010 at 8:57 PM

    Domonic Brown

  3. tda - Aug 21, 2010 at 9:10 PM

    drew you’re having a tough day buddy

  4. ben s - Aug 21, 2010 at 9:25 PM

    I read on ESPN that it was his wrist, not his elbow.

  5. Ditto65 - Aug 21, 2010 at 9:33 PM

    Dominic Brown is not the story here – the second coming of Cy Young himself has injured his elbow (or wrist) in his 68th career major league inning, potentially ending the career of a certain first ballot HOFer.

  6. BigPhil - Aug 21, 2010 at 9:41 PM

    Looked like he looked down at his elbow when he heard it. Shook his arm as if it were his elbow too. Hope it’s not serious.

  7. David - Aug 21, 2010 at 9:58 PM

    perhaps he is really Demonic Brown and has cursed SS. Makes as much sense as you all flipping out about a typo.

  8. Ick McWang - Aug 21, 2010 at 10:25 PM

    Same kind of delivery as Mark Prior, same results as Mark Prior. He needs to develop a pitching motion that isn’t so rough on his body. David Price on the Rays throw 97,98 and his body looks like he is throwing 88

  9. JBerardi - Aug 21, 2010 at 10:43 PM

    Fear the inverted W.

  10. Mrsteve - Aug 22, 2010 at 1:19 AM

    Reminds me of Mark Prior
    Injury prone skinny wuss
    Or Van Poppel

  11. Giant Space Ants - Aug 22, 2010 at 2:22 AM

    Yeah, total wuss. I’d pitch through a messed up tendon.
    I mean, sure, I don’t know what it’s like to strain a flexor tendon, nor do I know the strain throwing 98-100 can have on an arm, and thus definitely don’t know what it’s like to have to deal with both at the same time, but that shouldn’t stop me from making a judgement about this guy I know little about’s manliness. Aren’t I a big man!

  12. Joboo - Aug 22, 2010 at 2:29 AM

    I think Bud Selig needs to order the immediate halt to the season. We can’t stand idly by while Strasburg is denied his blogger-deemed Hall Of Fame career!

  13. Nsblend - Aug 22, 2010 at 6:58 AM

    Seen this coming when I first saw him pitch. Its def the elbow.. Tommy John is next… You cant last pitching leading with that much elbow. Hes done, no more 100MPH.

  14. ben s - Aug 22, 2010 at 11:39 AM

    Good article on Strasburg here http://mlbprospects.wordpress.com/2010/08/22/strasburg-hurt-will-surgery-be-necessary/

  15. Mrsteve - Aug 22, 2010 at 12:08 PM

    No you are a giant space ant puss y

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