Fans watched as Stephen Strasburg was injured again on Saturday night while pitching in the bottom of the fifth inning, and everyone in Washington had to be holding their breath when they saw him grab his arm. The injury isn’t as bad as some might have imagined though, as the early diagnosis states that Strasburg has a strained tendon in his right forearm. Yes, that is the arm he pitches with, so it has a lot of Nationals fans a bit worried about what it could mean. The best case scenario is that it is something that will heal quickly.
There are of course much worse scenarios that could be playing out here, including the fact that Strasburg’s unorthodox delivery has finally caught up with his body. That could be where this injury has stemmed from, and it could lead to further injuries later on in his career. This could also just be a fluke that follows up his earlier trip to the disabled list, where Strasburg was just having trouble getting loose before a start. On Saturday night, Strasburg didn’t even want to come out of the game, but ended up getting overruled by the Washington Nationals manager.
This is a huge setback for Strasburg, who is still trying to pitch his way through a rookie season that has come with a number of expectations. Strasburg was just the No. 1 pick in the 2009 Major League Baseball Draft, and he is already making an impact for the Washington Nationals. He sells a ton of tickets when he is on the mound, even when the Nationals are playing on the road. Watching him pitch is something exciting that every baseball fan can share in, and because he plays for the Nationals, nearly everyone out there has been rooting for him to succeed.
During his rookie season with the Nationals, Strasburg has only been able to start 12 games, pitching 68 total innings of work. He was on an innings limit this year, and they were counting all of his innings in the minor leagues just to make sure he wasn’t getting over-worked. This is a kid that was just pitching in college last year, and one that needs to work up his arm strength in order to get through a full season in the big leagues. We might have seen his last start this year though, because if the Nationals have any fears about his arm, they are going to shut him down for the rest of the season.