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Stephen Strasburg exits game with injury

May 31, 2013, 9:30 PM EDT

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Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg left tonight’s game against the Braves after two innings due to an apparent back injury. The location of the injury is one part good news, one part bad news. The good: it’s not his elbow or shoulder, as Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post notes. The bad: Strasburg had dealt with back issues prior to tonight’s start. Kilgore also points out that Strasburg’s velocity dipped from 98 MPH to the mid-90’s within a span of several pitches. Craig Stammen relieved him in the third inning.

Strasburg entered the night with a 2.49 ERA in 72.1 innings, following up on an All-Star season in which he went 15-6 with a 3.16 ERA. His ouster is particularly worrisome when taken in tandem with the news that Harper continues to be bothered by his left knee and may require a stint on the disabled list.

  1. flamethrower101 - May 31, 2013 at 9:36 PM

    The Nats clearly though shutting down Strasburg right as they were going into the playoffs would preserve his long term health. The Nats are clearly smoking pot.

    Wonder what Strasburg would do if Nats end up missing playoffs this year. That would make it 4 seasons he’s been with the club that he has not pitched the playoffs.

    • goskinsvt - May 31, 2013 at 9:40 PM

      The shutdown was about his arm, not his back.

      • bbk1000 - Jun 1, 2013 at 10:09 AM

        That’s true but last year was clearly their year, and they blew it.

        I hope they miss the playoffs this year, it will make last years decision open to more criticism.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - May 31, 2013 at 10:05 PM

      Wonder what Strasburg would do if Nats end up missing playoffs this year. That would make it 4 seasons he’s been with the club that he has not pitched the playoffs.

      He’ll probably commit seppuku. It’s the only proper response one has when dealing with the atrocity of not making the playoffs in his first four years, right?

  2. goskinsvt - May 31, 2013 at 9:39 PM

    Came here to say “here comes the barrage of stupid ‘they shouldn’t have shut him down hurrrr'” comments, but apparently i’m late to the party.

    • natslady - May 31, 2013 at 10:49 PM

      Eh, don’t worry about it. Trolls be trolls. Stras’ll go get a back massage and agitate to pitch on Sunday.

  3. junglerat524 - May 31, 2013 at 10:34 PM

    You can probably just keep cutting & pasting this article every 2 months or so for the rest of his short career.

  4. natslady - Jun 1, 2013 at 12:27 AM

  5. natslady - Jun 1, 2013 at 12:33 AM

    Latest update: Stras going back to DC with apparent oblique strain which he’s been feeling “for a while.”

  6. melkipershero - Jun 1, 2013 at 12:39 AM

    Shut him down at 140 innings this year. Thatll fix him.

  7. natslady - Jun 1, 2013 at 12:53 AM

    ^^^^^ idiots. (Except the other Nats fan).

    • 18thstreet - Jun 1, 2013 at 11:07 AM

      Totally agree. And I was completely anti-shutdown. This was different. I mean, they didn’t shut him down to prevent back injuries or trampoline injuries. And I think it’s pathetic when people root for others to get hurt. (Or, similiarly, mock others’ toughness.)

  8. bigbenh8tr - Jun 1, 2013 at 1:50 AM

    Give it a rest Phillies fans. Your football hockey basketball and baseball teams are struggling. You have no attractive girls in Philadelphia and its the dirtiest city on the east coast. Strasbourg will keep on keep in on. Don’t you worry

    • bleedgreen - Jun 1, 2013 at 8:46 AM

      When trolling, please spell your player’s names correctly.

      • bbk1000 - Jun 1, 2013 at 2:07 PM

        I wike da Mets, mi favoit pwayer is Daneell Murfy…

  9. cshearing - Jun 1, 2013 at 8:39 AM

    I don’t know what Rizzo was thinking, the stats are irrefutable: pitchers get injured throwing pitches.

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