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Stephen Strasburg scratched from start with forearm tightness

Sep 13, 2013, 3:50 PM EDT

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Stephen Strasburg has been scratched from tonight’s start against the Phillies with what the Nationals are calling forearm tightness. Ross Ohlendorf is starting his his place.

Last season Strasburg threw his final pitch on September 7, as the Nationals shut him down for the stretch run and postseason after he logged 159 innings in his first full year back from Tommy John surgery. This season Strasburg has thrown 170 innings–with a 2.96 ERA and the fourth-best strikeout rate in the league–and there were no plans to shut him down.

UPDATE: Chase Hughes of reports that “Strasburg felt the forearm tightness … during a bullpen session” and manager Davey Johnson indicated that he was working on a new pitch at the time.

  1. goskinsvt - Sep 13, 2013 at 3:53 PM

    “If Stras is not hurt/sick (let’s hope he isn’t) this is a move to end the season with the #5 starter, leaving him to pitch the WC game…” – Nationals 101

    • goskinsvt - Sep 13, 2013 at 3:54 PM

      “(Ohly Stras Gio) v PHL, (JZ TDHR #5) v ATL (Stras Gio JZ TDHR) v MIA (#5 Stras Gio) v STL and (JZ TDHR #5) v AZ. Season Ends, Stras is up.”

  2. chc4 - Sep 13, 2013 at 4:03 PM

    He’s soft.

    • emdash01 - Sep 13, 2013 at 5:07 PM

      Rob Dibble, is that you?

    • sportsfan18 - Sep 13, 2013 at 7:40 PM


      they said he felt tightness while TRYING out a new pitch in a bullpen session.

      dude is a good pitcher already, i’m not a player and many may tell me to be quite but he’s doing alright with what he throws now.

      yes, i know it’s good to improve, add things etc… but the Dodgers didn’t let Kershaw throw the slider for like his first 3 yrs or so with them and he’s done alright.

      Stras had arm trouble we all know and his ERA is under 3 and he has the 4th best strikeout rate in the NL.

      He shouldn’t try to add new pitches for another yr or two to give his arm even more time to adjust to throwing in the big leagues, especially if he keeps performing the way he his, his results i mean.

  3. scoutsaysweitersisabust - Sep 13, 2013 at 4:04 PM

    Maybe he just needs a reboot.

  4. jcmeyer10 - Sep 13, 2013 at 4:07 PM

    So they shut him down for a playoff run but let him keep going during a lost season?

    • DelawarePhilliesFan - Sep 13, 2013 at 4:31 PM

      You say that like it doesn’t make sense 😉

    • duvisited - Sep 13, 2013 at 4:32 PM

      Well he’s a year further removed from surgery, and letting him keep going only meant throwing another 20-30 innings this year.

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Sep 13, 2013 at 4:44 PM

      They just said they scratched him from his start, so no, they are not going to let him keep going

  5. Jack Marshall - Sep 13, 2013 at 5:05 PM

    This means the Nats are going to the Series, right???

  6. hookersdontsnuggle - Sep 13, 2013 at 8:56 PM

    Its fantasy baseball playoffs time you son of a bitch!!!

  7. mattw70 - Sep 13, 2013 at 10:36 PM

    “FRAGILE (FRA-GEE_LAY) it must be Italian!”

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