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Stephen Strasburg headed for disabled list after MRI confirms strained flexor tendon

Aug 23, 2010, 5:55 PM EDT

Jim Riggleman said this afternoon that Stephen Strasburg is all but certain to be placed on the disabled list and a short time later general manager Mike Rizzo revealed that an MRI exam has confirmed the initial diagnosis of a strained flexor tendon in his right forearm.
Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post reports that Jordan Zimmermann is expected to replace him in the rotation beginning with Thursday’s start. Prior to Strasburg’s arrival Zimmermann was Washington’s top pitching prospect, but he’s coming back from Tommy John elbow surgery and hasn’t pitched for the Nationals since June of last season.
He fared very well while rehabbing in the minors, posting a 1.59 ERA, .193 opponents’ batting average, and 31/6 K/BB ratio in 39.2 innings, and if healthy projects as the Nationals’ long-term No. 2 starter behind (a hopefully also healthy) Strasburg.
Rizzo wouldn’t rule out Strasburg pitching again this season, which is obviously a very good sign, but at this point there’s seemingly zero reason for him to take the mound again before 2011.

  1. Omega - Aug 23, 2010 at 6:11 PM

    I hope this kid can bounce back from this, he is a good guy and has brougt a lot of excitement to a franchise that deserves some excitement.
    The entire Nationals management team which ok’d his pitching in the Majors this year need to be fired, I can’t believe they would endanger this kid’s future to get some butts in the seats.

  2. David - Aug 23, 2010 at 6:22 PM

    How is pitching in the big leagues, when he is obviously ready, bad for him? He was carving up the minor leagues, so he had nothing to prove down there. He could have been injured just as easily on the farm, without actually learning, you know, how to pitch against MLB hitters.

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