Mitch Williams calls Strasburg injury "a product of the pitch count"
Rob Dibble's comments on Stephen Strasburg and the difference between pain and injury have already gotten more attention than they likely deserved, but I'll press on, because now even more ex-Major League pitchers are using the Strasburg DL trip to talk about the modern-day pitcher.
"This is a product of the pitch count and a pitcher that has been raised with the pitch count," Mitch Williams said Monday night on MLB Network's MLB Tonight. "Today's pitchers don't know the difference between hurt and sore. I threw in over 600 big league games. I felt great in maybe ten games....
"The bottom line is you're going to have aches and pains....Am I saying Strasburg is not hurt? No, I'm not saying that. With the era of the pitch count, pitchers don't know the difference between injury and soreness. That comes with age and he'll learn that....It comes with innings, experience, all of that and he has none of it."
If I'm being totally honest, this is maybe just a more nuanced, less tough-guy version of what Dibble said. Nothing about steel plates and loving pain and sucking it up; just sober comments about learning what big-league baseball can make your arm feel like.
"There is a notion that you do have to learn as a pitcher about throwing through soreness," Joe Magrane said on the same program. "Once you start your Major League career, there are the first couple of starts and then your arm does not feel perfect every time. You really become a fantastic starter or reliever when you go out there and succeed when your arm feels less than sensational. But I think the Nationals have to be protective at this point. This is the first year that Strasburg has learned to throw on five days rest."
August 24, 2010; 12:08 PM ET
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