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Strasburg was able to play catch on Sunday morning

Aug 22, 2010, 3:02 PM EDT

We've been tracking Stephen Strasburg news all morning and will continue to do so this week as the Nationals make an important decision on his immediate future with the club. Strasburg, 22, was lifted from his start against the Phillies on...

We’ve been tracking Stephen Strasburg news all morning and will continue to do so this week as the Nationals make an important decision on his immediate future with the club.

Strasburg, 22, was lifted from his start against the Phillies on Saturday night after feeling pain in his right elbow during a fifth-inning pitch to outfielder Domonic Brown.  He was later diagnosed with a strain of the flexor tendon in his forearm, but all signs so far point to him being just fine.

According to MLB.com’s Bill Ladson, the right-hander played catch on Sunday morning before heading back to Washington, D.C. for an MRI.  The results of that examination will determine whether he is shut down for the rest of 2010 or kept active.  But he did play catch, and that’s a major positive.

Nationals GM Mike Rizzo denied a report from Will Carroll of Baseball Prospectus stating that the team has already decided to shut Strasburg down.  For what it’s worth, we’re finding it hard to believe that the kid is going to throw another pitch this season.  Even if everything checks out fine, he topped out at 109 innings last year with San Diego State and is up to 123.1 total frames between the minors and majors this season.  Strasburg is too valuable to that organization in the long term and, for all intents and purposes, 2010 is a done deal for the Nats.

The D.C. medical staff would be wise to tell the young phenom to shut it down and aim to get himself back to full health by the start of spring training next February.

  1. walk - Aug 22, 2010 at 3:45 PM

    I listened to a bit on sportscenter a couple weeks back on innings count. The consensus was an increase of 30 innings or so per year until the young pitcher was able to handle a full season was the way to go. With that in mind if the limit strasburg to 6 innings he could pitch 1-2 more games but i dont think he could pitch in the final month at all if they follow that limit.

  2. Ditto65 - Aug 22, 2010 at 9:28 PM

    In related news, Ditto65 was also able to play catch this morning, though he was not limited to a pitch count at any time this season.

  3. Mrsteve - Aug 22, 2010 at 11:15 PM

    get him some diapers

  4. Kiwicricket - Aug 23, 2010 at 7:30 AM

    Kiwicricket was scratched due to ‘flu-like sypmtoms’ Sunday morning.

  5. Jarmahead - Aug 23, 2010 at 9:03 AM

    Playing catch.
    Throwing the ball 95+ mph
    …..two way different things.

  6. YANKEES1996 - Aug 23, 2010 at 11:40 AM

    They should have left him in the minors all year this year to build his arm strength and pitch count. Now he has already been hurt once and now has injured his forearm. You are not at the top of the division playing for the division title so there should be no discussion SHUT HIM DOWN FOR THE REST OF THE YEAR!

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