When Stephen Strasburg left his Monday start against Atlanta with forearm tightness, many people expected the worse. After all, Strasburg already missed an entire year with Tommy John surgery, and arm injuries are a pitcher’s worst enemy.
All of the speculation was put on hold, however, as Washington Nationals GM Mike Rizzo went public to the Washington Post on Tuesday with some very encouraging remarks. Rizzo was quoted as saying that Strasburg’s arm is “structurally perfect” and that he is “strong as an ox”, before repeating Strasburg’s post-game sentiment that he wouldn’t miss a start.
This is obviously fantastic news for Washington fans who rely on Strasburg (and Bryce Harper) for their foundation of the future. So far in 2013, Strasburg has been slightly disappointing, posting a 1-4 record with a 3.13 ERA, but with 36 strikeouts in 37.1 innings, there’s nothing to fear with Strasburg as long as he is healthy, and the win-loss record will turn around in short order.
It’s time to exhale, Washington fans. At least until he toes the rubber again.