When a pitcher has already had the infamous Tommy John surgery, any small indication of an issue can be concerning, but when that pitcher is Stephen Strasburg, the whispers turn into screams.
Strasburg was scratched from his Friday night start for the Nationals, and the prognosis (according to the team) was simply “forearm tightness”. This brings all kinds of red flags, as it is publicly known that forearm tightness often precedes elbow issues, and the former #1 overall pick already lost a full season as a result of said elbow problems.
Since he was scratched, there has been a secondary report from Chase Hughes of CSN Washington surmising that Strasburg’s issues occurred during a bullpen session that included some work on a new pitch. Obviously, this is all speculation at this stage, but the entire fan base of the Nationals is undoubtedly holding its breath.
Although some believe that Strasburg has “struggled” this season, he has a stellar 2.96 ERA for the year, and any real criticism of his performance is unfounded. The Nationals were beginning to make some noise in the Wild Card race prior to this announcement, however, but this news appears to have trumped any forward momentum they may have built.
Stay tuned for more updates as they arrive.