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Stephen Strasburg fine after being struck by line drive

Mar 22, 2013, 7:32 PM EST

Stephen Strasburg AP

Nationals fans collectively held their breath after Stephen Strasburg was hit on the arm by a Prince Fielder line drive. A Ryan Theriot line drive, you’re probably going to be okay, but a Prince Fielder liner? I’d preemptively draft a will before ever throwing him a pitch.

Strasburg, though, is just fine. Via Mark Zuckerman:

In the end, there was nothing for everyone to be worried about. The fourth-inning comebacker caught Strasburg on the fleshy pad of his left thumb, not on a less-protected part of his hand, wrist or forearm. And after a couple minutes spent getting the feeling back in the hand and then throwing a couple of warm-up tosses, Strasburg was back to his old self, striking out a pair of Tigers to end the inning and continue his Grapefruit League start unabated.

“It’s fine,” the right-hander insisted afterward. “It just kind of numbed up a little bit out there. It’s a little tender, but nothing crazy.”

In his first full season last year, Strasburg posted a 3.16 ERA, leading all starters in strikeout rate at the age of 23.

  1. fanofevilempire - Mar 22, 2013 at 7:44 PM

    oh boy, they will shut him down.

    • albertmn - Mar 22, 2013 at 8:22 PM

      Find some new material, Shecky Green.

  2. historiophiliac - Mar 22, 2013 at 7:52 PM

    Maybe they should’ve pulled him sooner. He didn’t have as good of an outing as Smyly…or of as good have an outing…whatever.

  3. 12strikes - Mar 22, 2013 at 10:01 PM

    Rizzo will put Strasburg on the shelf til he is 30.

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