Stephen Strasburg injury update: Nationals pitcher ready for MRI after leaving game with trapeze seal
Stephen Strasburg was making his third start since returning from IL on Tuesday night against the Braves.
It didn’t last long.
Strasbourg pitched just 1 1/3 of an inning against Atlanta before coming out with what was considered a tight straight trapeze, a back muscle that connects to the shoulder and neck. As a result, Strasbourg will have an MRI on the injury on Wednesday to determine if he should return to the IL.
Either way, it is clear that Strasbourg has been affected by the disease. Before leaving the game, Strasbourg were averaging just 89.9 mph on their fastball, their lowest score of the season. Before Tuesday’s game, he had averaged 92.3 mph on his fastballs in four starts spanning 20 1/3 innings.
And from the first batter of the match, Strasbourg seemed to have trouble keeping his arm loose.
Strasbourg are in the second season of a seven-year, $ 245 million contract he signed after leading the Nationals to a World Series. He went 5-0 with a 1.98 ERA in the 2019 playoffs and won the World Series MVP for his efforts.
However, since that time he’s only made seven starts and is recording a 1-3 record with a 5.74 ERA. And as manager Davey Martinez has confirmed, Strasbourg’s frustration with his injuries is growing.
“He’s frustrated but I want to make sure we’re doing the right thing, for him and for us,” Martinez said, by ESPN.