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Strasburg Scratched with Neck Strain [UPDATED]

Stephen Strasburg, the Nationals' No. 1 overall draft pick this June, was scratched from Saturday's scheduled start in the Arizona Fall League Rising Stars game due to a strained muscle in his neck, the team said Friday.

According to a Nationals spokesman, Straburg's condition is day-to-day, and he is expected to pitch again before the AFL schedule is completed on Nov. 19.

Strasburg, a 6-foor-4 right-hander, is 3-1 with a 5.28 ERA in four starts for the Phoenix Desert Dogs, with 17 strikeouts and five walks in 15 1/3 innings.

UPDATE: Strasburg's injury occurred while he was sleeping; he awoke and felt soreness in his neck. He was seen by a doctor and was diagnosed with a strained muscle. The Nationals are expecting Strasburg to be back on the mound within a few days.

By Dave Sheinin  |  November 6, 2009; 2:09 PM ET
 
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Ah, nuts...here we go again.

Posted by: mikecatcher50 | November 6, 2009 2:19 PM | Report abuse

The three most feared words for Nats fans = day-to-day. ;-) Hope that Strasburg will be as good as new soon. Will they pick another D-Dog to represent at the game?

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | November 6, 2009 2:26 PM | Report abuse

Nubbity Nubs

Posted by: SkinsDiesel | November 6, 2009 2:40 PM | Report abuse

There go the television ratings.

Posted by: Scott_in_Shaw | November 6, 2009 2:44 PM | Report abuse

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO,

Posted by: nervousnatsfan | November 6, 2009 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Any word as to what happened? Was it related to pitching, did he sleep funny one night. Hopefully, it is the latter; that way, all he will need is a sleep number bed (that seems to be a cure-all on the tv ads...).

Posted by: TimDz | November 6, 2009 2:49 PM | Report abuse

The above comment is just silliness obviously...but that day to day thing really sucks....

Posted by: TimDz | November 6, 2009 2:50 PM | Report abuse

For the Wizards medical staff, this means he could pitch both sides of a double header.

Posted by: fearturtle44 | November 6, 2009 2:55 PM | Report abuse

so much for that excitement. When does the next Redskins season start?

Posted by: garyolney | November 6, 2009 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Our beloved former blogmom and Shiner both visiting us with news and multiple new posts in the same day; why, we won't ever be cranky again out here in NJLand.

Or, at least, not for another five or six hours.

Posted by: greggwiggins | November 6, 2009 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the multiple posts activity. I must say I enjoyed the one on the scouting report much more that the "day to day" one, however.

Posted by: NatsFly | November 6, 2009 3:27 PM | Report abuse

Born to be a National, this "above-average" Stephen Strasburg. He's tightening up in Arizona in November. Can't wait to see what he's like in D.C. in April. They might need a gurney. Why do I feel this guy may be seriously overrated, and a head case to boot?

Posted by: Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me | November 6, 2009 3:28 PM | Report abuse

TimDz, yes, my sources on the ground sent me an email yesterday around 1pm (Phoenix time) saying that he slept funny and woke up with a stiff neck. Nothing related to baseball activities.

Posted by: goexpos2 | November 6, 2009 3:30 PM | Report abuse

I think you just broke my snark-dar, Gregg. :-D

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Or, at least, not for another five or six hours.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | November 6, 2009 3:32 PM | Report abuse

"Why do I feel this guy may be seriously overrated, and a head case to boot?"

Because you're a head case yourself, and it takes one to know one?

Posted by: section309 | November 6, 2009 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Ovi was day to day, now he is week to week.

SS is now day to day, at least its not month to month!

Redskins are now year to year!

Posted by: TippyCanoe | November 6, 2009 3:36 PM | Report abuse

The OP says that Josh Wilkie was invited to take Strasburg's roster spot on Saturday.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | November 6, 2009 3:36 PM | Report abuse

In happier D-Dog news, they lead their division by 4.5 games with a 13-8 record, and their magic number to clinch the division is 8 (according to the AFL site).

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | November 6, 2009 3:41 PM | Report abuse

TimDz, yes, my sources on the ground sent me an email yesterday around 1pm (Phoenix time) saying that he slept funny and woke up with a stiff neck. Nothing related to baseball activities.

Posted by: goexpos2 | November 6, 2009 3:30 PM
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Is his girlfriend there?

Posted by: TimDz | November 6, 2009 3:41 PM | Report abuse

The real question is how funny did he sleep? Like Eddie Izzard funny, or are we talking Jeff Dunham "funny"?

Posted by: Section506 | November 6, 2009 3:55 PM | Report abuse

The real question is how funny did he sleep? Like Eddie Izzard funny, or are we talking Jeff Dunham "funny"?

Posted by: Section506 | November 6, 2009 3:55 PM |
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As long as it's not Three Stooges funny...all those pratfalls can really take its toll...

Posted by: TimDz | November 6, 2009 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Several players came onto the market today including: Coco Crisp, Brett Myers, and David Weathers. A potential trade target was snagged away by the Twins - J.J. Hardy -- but that also means that FA to be Orlando Cabrera is unlikely to be be signed by the Twins.

Crisp is of interest to me as a 3rd or 4th outfielder because he can run, field, and throw above average. He has some power and can hit for average average.

Myers is a useful pitcher who could start or relieve and Weathers would be competition at the very least.

Posted by: natbiscuits | November 6, 2009 4:17 PM | Report abuse

Steven Wright funny:
"If at first you don't succeed, then skydiving isn't for you"

Posted by: goexpos2 | November 6, 2009 4:18 PM | Report abuse

"Did you sleep well?" "No, I made a couple of mistakes."

Posted by: goexpos2 | November 6, 2009 4:20 PM | Report abuse

"Did you sleep well?" "No, I made a couple of mistakes."

Posted by: goexpos2 | November 6, 2009 4:20 PM
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What is the sleeping equivalent of a balk?

Posted by: TimDz | November 6, 2009 4:26 PM | Report abuse

three original content posts in one day during the off-season? i must have stumbled into the wrong blog.

Posted by: surly_w | November 6, 2009 4:42 PM | Report abuse

I'd vote "no" to Myers, unless we want to up the headcase count, that is.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | November 6, 2009 4:50 PM | Report abuse

He's got enough money for help with his "happy ending", no need to strain his "neck".

Posted by: gamiller1 | November 6, 2009 5:21 PM | Report abuse

Get this guy a good pillow.

Posted by: cokedispatch | November 6, 2009 5:58 PM | Report abuse

Hurt his neck because his head is gettin too big! Thank god another day he doesn't have to avoid throwing any sliders. That scout summed it up when he said he hadn't seen his slider yet. That's how Zimmermann got hurt anyway. At least they learned something from that.

Ohhhhhh STRAZZY BAYBEE YEAH

Posted by: Brue | November 6, 2009 6:08 PM | Report abuse

It rains a lot in Syracuse Stephen. Better get used to sore necks etc. :)

Posted by: periculum | November 6, 2009 6:18 PM | Report abuse

c'mon, he's fine. He's been ramping up and he's going every 5 days for the first time. It's a stiff neck. We all get em. Couple muscle relaxers, couple days rest, he'll be fine. I'm glad he said something. And I'm glad he's human.

It's a bummer for him not being able to pitch the Rising Stars game, but this isn't a problem, imnsho.

Posted by: NatsNut | November 6, 2009 6:30 PM | Report abuse

What is the sleeping equivalent of a balk?
Posted by: TimDz | November 6, 2009 4:26 PM
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Falling out of bed in the middle of the night. It doesn't happen often, but when it does, it's embarassing.

Posted by: BinM | November 6, 2009 6:39 PM | Report abuse

Sort of a nightmare on elm street for baseball stars. ... stay awake ... don't fall asleep.

Posted by: natbiscuits | November 6, 2009 6:44 PM | Report abuse

I'd vote "no" to Myers, unless we want to up the headcase count, that is.
Posted by: natsfan1a1 | November 6, 2009 4:50 PM
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1a1: I'm with you there - Meyers is a decent pitcher when he's healthy, but has some Serious anger-management issues (prior spousal abuse claims, the recent clubhouse problem w/Hamels). Not the kind of player that this team needs right now, IMO.

Posted by: BinM | November 6, 2009 6:46 PM | Report abuse

Update from the desert - The Desert Dogs dropped their game against Scottsdale today, 8-4 final.

Nationals of note:
Espinosa (SS) - 1/4, 1-2B, 1RS, 1SO; 1E.
Marrero (DH) - 0/4, 2SO.

That, on top of Strasburg's scratch from the Futures game = not a lot of good news out of Arizona today.

Posted by: BinM | November 6, 2009 6:54 PM | Report abuse

In other news...
Don't know if this was mentioned in a prior string, but both CA Josh Bard & SP Livan Hernandez officially filed for free agency Thursday, 11/05/09. The team still has exclusive negotiating rights with both players until 11/16/09.

Opinion - Given the direction the teams' FO seems to be moving, I don't see Bard as a good fit for the future. He's better suited as a platoon-type catcher, not as a true #2. I wish him well in the future.

Livan, on the other hand, could still be of value to the Nationals. I've made this case before, but here it is again; He wants the ball every five days, he can give a team 6+ innings on most occaisions, PLUS he previously stated that he wants to be here. He'd be a good fit as a #4-5 starter - make him a fair-market offer & see what happens.

Posted by: BinM | November 6, 2009 7:24 PM | Report abuse

We pray for his neck and his family.

Posted by: JohninMpls | November 6, 2009 7:37 PM | Report abuse

@JohninMpls: Just curious - On a 1-10 impact scale (1 = low, 10 = criminally stupid), where does your opinion fall on the Twins' upcoming open-air stadium?

Posted by: BinM | November 6, 2009 8:21 PM | Report abuse

I love it. I know it's cold, but, I mean, we're kind of used to it. (I'm not even from here, and I'm already used to it.)

Indoor baseball should be a crime. I've seen games in the Dome on some fo the most beautiful days of the year. It's shameful.

Posted by: JohninMpls | November 6, 2009 10:25 PM | Report abuse

And scary. Don't ask me why I know that.

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What is the sleeping equivalent of a balk?
Posted by: TimDz | November 6, 2009 4:26 PM
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Falling out of bed in the middle of the night. It doesn't happen often, but when it does, it's embarassing.

Posted by: BinM | November 6, 2009 6:39 PM

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | November 7, 2009 7:18 AM | Report abuse

There was also a bar brawl story this summer, and the beat writer incident of a few years ago.

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1a1: I'm with you there - Meyers is a decent pitcher when he's healthy, but has some Serious anger-management issues (prior spousal abuse claims, the recent clubhouse problem w/Hamels). Not the kind of player that this team needs right now, IMO.

Posted by: BinM | November 6, 2009 6:46 PM

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | November 7, 2009 7:27 AM | Report abuse

I did post the Livo and Bard news earlier, BinM. There's a new piece on the team site indicating that Kearns, Villone, and Young filed on Friday, and that the team declined Kearns' $10 million option and taking the $1 million buyout instead.

I know it's good business and don't disagree with the move, but I also feel sad for Austin. He became one of my faves and I hope that good health and a resurgent career are in his future. I suspect that Dmitri may be done, so I'll wish him good health and thank him for some special Nats moments (the July 4 salami comes to mind).

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | November 7, 2009 7:41 AM | Report abuse

WHO REALLY CARES? A NECK STRAIN...COME ON...THE BOO BOO WILL GO AWAY IN A WEEK.
WOULD YOU REPORT A SPLINTER?

Posted by: blazerguy234 | November 7, 2009 8:48 AM | Report abuse

This is from keeping the AC up too high, I'll bet--kid thinks it's hot out, gets a cold draft on his neck all night and *ouch* when he gets up. Heating pad, 2-3 days.

A hidden danger of indoor baseball -- air conditioning!

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | November 7, 2009 9:08 AM | Report abuse

Especially when the guy on third scores.

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What is the sleeping equivalent of a balk?
Posted by: TimDz | November 6, 2009 4:26 PM
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Falling out of bed in the middle of the night. It doesn't happen often, but when it does, it's embarrassing.

Posted by: BinM | November 6, 2009 6:39 PM

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | November 7, 2009 9:13 AM | Report abuse

Does this mean we can nickname Storen "Yogi"?
Posted by: greggwiggins | November 6, 2009 12:34 PM
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Then, if Storen is Yogi, this makes SS "Boo-Boo."

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | November 7, 2009 9:17 AM | Report abuse

And not a moment too soon:
http://tinyurl.com/yhzym6j

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | November 7, 2009 9:22 AM | Report abuse

Better hide those pic-a-nic baskets, sports fans.

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Then, if Storen is Yogi, this makes SS "Boo-Boo."

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | November 7, 2009 9:31 AM | Report abuse

First a stooges movie, and now this. Don't mess with the classics, kiddies. ;-)

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http://tinyurl.com/yhzym6j

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | November 7, 2009 9:33 AM | Report abuse

Tracee's piece on S&S:

http://tinyurl.com/yl3mbwq

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | November 7, 2009 9:39 AM | Report abuse

Speaking of Ms. MVP, she has a new post up.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | November 7, 2009 9:49 AM | Report abuse

For those who missed Curb Your Enthusiasm last night, it turns out there are only 2 ways to hurt your neck. One is in a car accident, and the other is well-known to cunning linguists.

Posted by: fischy | November 9, 2009 10:15 AM | Report abuse

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