Washington Nationals

Stephen Strasburg Injury: Updates on Nationals Pitcher's Lat

Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent IJune 1, 2013

Washington Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg was forced to leave Friday's game against the Atlanta Braves with a lat injury. 


UPDATE: Sunday, June 16, at 3:25 p.m. ET by Sam Westmoreland

Strasburg looked fairly sharp in his return from the disabled list today against the Cleveland Indians. The young right hander threw five innings and had four strikeouts. He earned just one run while giving up one hit and walking four batters. While this was a short outing for him, his workload will likely increase moving forward. 

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UPDATE: Sunday, June 16, at 9:05 a.m. ET by Sam Westmoreland

It's official: The Nationals have activated ace right-hander Stephen Strasburg from the DL, according to the team's official Twitter feed. 

The talented young fireballer had been out since late May with a lat injury but looks set to make his return to the mound on Sunday. Hopefully, he manages to stay off the DL this time.

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UPDATE: Sunday, June 16, at 1 a.m. ET by Ian Hanford

According to MLB.com reporter William Ladson, Strasburg will return to the mound Sunday vs. the Cleveland Indians:

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UPDATE: Thursday, June 13, at 2:25 p.m. ET by Sam Westmoreland

The Washington Post's James Wagner reported that Strasburg threw a successful bullpen session on Thursday and was given the green light to return to the mound by trainers. He's on track to return to the rotation on Sunday. 

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UPDATE: Saturday, June 8 at 1:20 p.m ET by Tom Kinslow

Good news for the Nationals, as their ace is progressing nicely as he tries to return from his lat strain. According to William Ladson of MLB.com, Strasburg is feeling better after a bullpen session and will move on to a simulated game.

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UPDATE: Saturday, June 8 at 12:40 p.m ET by Michael Cahill

There's progress for Strasburg, according to Adam Kilgore of The Washington Post

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UPDATE: Thursday, June 6, at 3:30 p.m. ET by Sam Westmoreland

It's official: Stephen Strasburg is DL-bound, according to a report from Mark Zuckerman of CSN. 

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UPDATE: Wednesday, June 5, at 4:25 p.m. ET by Sam Westmoreland

It looks like Strasburg won't be making that start on June 8 after all, as the team has placed him on the disabled list with lat tightness, according to CSN's Mark Zuckerman.

Dan Kolko of MASN reports manager Davey Johnson says he's not sure when his ace will return, although he's eligible to return on June 15. 

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UPDATE: Tuesday, June 4, at 4:47 p.m. ET by Kyle Vassalo

According to MLB.com's William Ladson, Strasburg is feeling better and could pitch June 8:

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UPDATE: Sunday, June 2, at 8:35 p.m. ET by Tom Kinslow

According to Adam Kilgore of The Washington Post, Nationals fans shouldn't get their hopes up about seeing Stephen Strasburg make his next start. Kilgore talked to an MLB medical official who expressed skepticism about the Nats' diagnosis of their star pitcher:

One major league medical official said the Nationals are being “overly optimistic” in not ruling out Strasburg’s next start. The same official, speaking on the condition of anonymity to speak freely about another team’s player, said lat strains typically take three to six weeks from which to fully recover.

The medical official had not examined Strasburg personally, and so could only speculate based on typical guidelines for a Grade 1 lat strain, the classification the Nationals have given to Strasburg’s ailment.

It remains to be seen if Strasburg will make his next start, but if the unnamed official is right, the team might be best served to be cautious with its ace.

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UPDATE: Sunday, June 2, at 12:55 a.m. ET by Ian Hanford

Washington Post reporter Adam Kilgore reported that Strasburg has been diagnosed with a Grade 1 lat strain:

Stephen Strasburg suffered a Grade 1 lat strain Friday, not a strained oblique as the Nationals initially indicated, Nationals head athletic trainer Lee Kuntz said tonight.

Kuntz said the muscular injury occurred in the lower right section of Strasburg’s back, where the oblique and lat are close to one another. The proximity of the muscles, Kuntz said, led him to believe Strasburg had strained an oblique before an MRI revealed it was his lat muscle.

The recovery time for a lat strain can vary. The Nationals have not ruled out Strasburg making his next start, and Strasburg said he feels he could have kept pitching Friday night when Manager Davey Johnson pulled him after two innings.

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UPDATE: Saturday, June 1, 1:09 p.m. ET by Kyle Vassalo

CBS' Jon Heyman says Strasburg is still hopeful he will be good to go for his next start:

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UPDATE: Friday, May 31, 10:55 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford

Washington Post reporter Adam Kilgore announced that Strasburg has a strained oblique:

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UPDATE: Friday, May 31, at 9:30 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford

Washington Post reporter Adam Kilgore announced that Strasburg injured his back Friday night:

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Strasburg, who reportedly looked "uncomfortable" early on, was pulled from the mound after just two innings pitched, according to The Washington Post's Adam Kilgore

The 24-year-old struck out two Braves batters, but he also gave up a home run to Freddie Freeman in the second inning before exiting the game.

Strasburg, who will turn 25 this July, has started 12 games for the Nationals this season, boasting a disappointing 3-5 record to start the year. A lack of run support from Washington's bats has been a huge reason for the sluggish start, however.

The talented 6'4", 220-pound ace lost five straight starts between April 7 and May 11 following a 1-0 start to the year. He went 2-1 in the month of May overall.

Strasburg sports a 2.54 ERA and 1.06 WHIP through the first two months of the season.

The San Diego native has played four seasons in Washington, excelling last season for the National League East division champions. He started 28 games and posted a 15-6 record with a 3.16 ERA. Strasburg did not pitch for Washington in the postseason, though, after being shut down by manager Davey Johnson in early September.

An All-Star in 2012, Strasburg is 24-15 for his career with a 2.84 ERA and 1.08 WHIP.

The Nationals were 27-27 heading into Friday night's series opener with the Braves, who currently lead the NL East heading into June.


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