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Stephen Strasburg homers, leaves with biceps tightness

May 20, 2012, 7:48 PM EDT

Stephen Strasburg Reuters

Stephen Strasburg had a very eventful day Sunday in the Nationals’ 9-3 win over the Orioles. He hit his first big-league homer off Baltimore starter Wei-Yin Chen, but he left the game after five innings with some biceps tightness.

”I don’t care who it was, if I find out they have tightness, they’re out”‘ manager Davey Johnson said. ”I talked to him later in the game. He said it relaxed a bit and was a lot better. I’m not as concerned when it’s in the biceps.”

Strasburg echoed those thoughts:

”The biceps is fine,” he said. ”It’s just throwing a lot of pitches early, then we put up a lot of runs and stuff. I just got a little tired, got a little tight, but that’s nothing different than any other outing.”

For now, Strasburg appears to be penciled in to make his next start, though since he’s on an innings limit this year anyway, the Nationals could always choose to give him a little break. Or they could always try him in left field. Strasburg went 2-for-2 today and is 6-for-16 with four extra-base hits at the plate this season. He was just 1-for-26 lifetime entering the season.

On the mound, Strasburg allowed three runs — one earned — in his five innings today. He fanned eight and threw 91 pitches.

  1. 13yrsmlbvet - May 20, 2012 at 8:09 PM

    When the rotator cuff is tired or weak the bicep is overloaded to decelerate the arm when throwing. This is not a bicep issue. It is a rotator cuff issue and is a forewarning of bad things to come if not addressed.

    • drunkenhooliganism - May 20, 2012 at 10:18 PM

      I hope you’re wrong. And I hope that you hope you’re wrong.

    • harrysatchel - May 21, 2012 at 8:28 AM

      His bicep was tight from carrying this team for 5 innings.

  2. riggo44 - May 20, 2012 at 8:22 PM

    The rotator cuff muscles do not have a big enough attachment to decelerate the arm. There are more muscles to decelerating the arm then just the rotator cuff…they are meant to keep the humeral head in line on the Glenoid (socket) . But agreed a tight bicep is a sign that it is overworked(compensating) for other muscles. Rest and NO CORTIZONE please!

  3. sictransitchris - May 20, 2012 at 9:37 PM


  4. chill1184 - May 20, 2012 at 11:14 PM

    The word bittersweet comes to mind

  5. randygnyc - May 21, 2012 at 1:17 AM

    Hopefully just fatigue. Ive heard that the hard throwing guys have stronger elbows after TJ and the weakest link is the shoulder. He’s a once in a generation talent.

    • istillbelieveinblue - May 21, 2012 at 10:03 AM

      He’s no Mark Prior. 😛

  6. nolanwiffle - May 21, 2012 at 9:08 AM

    Slight muscle pain…..get him an MRI, stat!! Lest your medical staff be accused of being a bunch of know-nothing rubes by the readers of HBT (like the Royals doctors recently were).

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