Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg has been dealing with arm tightness, but he was given a clean bill of health and did not suffer any structural damage to his throwing arm. Strasburg threw a light session in the bullpen on Wednesday night at Turner Field and, much to the delight of the Nationals, he was symptom free.
It looks like Strasburg will be able to keep his spot in the rotation and make his scheduled start on Saturday against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Per Nationals beat writer Amanda Comak of the Washington Times:
Davey said Stephen Strasburg’s bullpen session today went well. Didn’t feel any discomfort. #nats
— Amanda Comak (@acomak) May 1, 2013
Strasburg has a 3.13 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 36/12 K/BB ratio during his six starts this season, but the Nationals have been able to turn that production into wins. Washington is just 1-4 when the 24-year-old starts on the mound. He has pitched a total of 37 1/3 innings.
The Nationals will be looking for better success this weekend when they face off against the red hot Pirates at PNC Park.