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Stephen Strasburg scratched [UPDATED]

The Nationals scratched Stephen Strasburg from his start tonight against the Atlanta Braves after "having trouble getting loose in the bullpen" as he threw warm-up pitches, General Manager Mike Rizzo said. The Nationals consider Strasburg day-to-day, Rizzo said. Strasburg is seeing the Nationals' team doctor during the game and will receive an MRI exam and an x-ray.

"I pulled the plug on it," Rizzo said. "Precautionary move. Erring on the side of caution, I just didn't want him to go out there when he was struggling to get loose in the bullpen pregame."

Strasburg had no symptoms and offered no warnings this week, Rizzo said. He threw a clean bullpen session over the weekend and felt fine after playing catch yesterday. Rizzo did not specify which part of Strasburg's arm could not loosen, but he did say the trouble was with his right arm.

"There's no pain," Rizzo said. "There's no shooting pains or anything like that in the shoulder or elbow. He was just struggling to get loose."

As Strasburg was finishing his pregame warm-up, pitching coach Steve McCatty told trainer Lee Kuntz that Strasburg was having trouble warming up. Kuntz called Rizzo in his Nationals Park office, and Rizzo made the decision.

"He did understand," Rizzo said. "Those are the decisions I get paid to make. We're going to err on the side of caution. I'll make the decisions and take the heat for it. He's a very competitive person. The decision was made by me, and he's fine."

Rizzo did not speculate on what the injury, if there is one beyond tonight, could be. He intimated the problem may have sprung from a full season of pitching every fifth day for the first time. In college, Strasburg started only on weekends, and he has learned the routine of a professional pitcher.

"We're going to use common sense and be cautious like we have," Rizzo said. "This is a workload that he's never seen before. We're going to take it from there.

"It's a precautionary move. We're going to see what our next step is. He's day-to-day. We'll see how he responds tomorrow."

Strasburg went through his typical pregame routine, long-tossing in the outfield and throwing a few pitches in the bullpen. Early this afternoon, Strasburg seemed normal and at ease. He sat at his locker watching video on his laptop, then sat on a clubhouse couch comfortably.

When emergency replacement Miguel Batista was announced as the starting pitcher, the large crowd at Nationals Park, expecting to see the 22-year-old phenom, booed.

By Adam Kilgore  |  July 27, 2010; 7:03 PM ET
Categories:  Pitching rotation , Stephen Strasburg  | Tags: Stephen Strasburg  
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Comments

Uh-oh...

Posted by: thepostischeap | July 27, 2010 7:06 PM | Report abuse

Strasburg headed for Tommy John surgery.

Posted by: BoteMan | July 27, 2010 7:06 PM | Report abuse

This is like a bomb to the franchise if it is anything serious. A bomb that will destroy the franchise.

Posted by: SCNatsFan | July 27, 2010 7:08 PM | Report abuse

Ha, there goes the last remaining gleam of relevance for the Nats 2010 season... time to start talking about 2011?

Posted by: Ghost7 | July 27, 2010 7:10 PM | Report abuse

If it's serious, I hope either you or Sheinin ask the serious questions about the alarming rate at which the Nationals are destroying pitching arms.

Posted by: bubbad | July 27, 2010 7:12 PM | Report abuse

what bubbad said. This Franchise is a cluster kcuf

Posted by: JDB1 | July 27, 2010 7:19 PM | Report abuse

Echoing thepostischeap - Uh-oh. Hope it's nothing serious.

Posted by: BinM | July 27, 2010 7:21 PM | Report abuse

The Nats will now need to rally around the managing skills of Riggleman, oh wait, forget that.

Posted by: JT2009 | July 27, 2010 7:22 PM | Report abuse

I was thinking that buddah is clueless..

Posted by: elsshoe | July 27, 2010 7:22 PM | Report abuse

Hopefully it's nothing and they decide to start him for the first game of the Phillies series on Friday...which I have tickets for.

Posted by: thegraneys | July 27, 2010 7:23 PM | Report abuse

@JDB1, bubbad:
NOT NOT NOT what either of you said.

The Nationals have gone by the book in everything they've done with Strasburg.

Who knows? Maybe there was a death in his family.

Hold on until you know more.

G-d I hate this mindless, snarky speculation on the Web.

Posted by: bertbkatz | July 27, 2010 7:23 PM | Report abuse

Anyone who has been a fan of this franchise since the start knows that this was inevitable.
Everyone should light a candle and pray that its only the flu.

Posted by: 1stBaseCoach | July 27, 2010 7:24 PM | Report abuse

I hope they're just saving him a start so he doesn't reach his innings limit early...

Posted by: ASchumacher | July 27, 2010 7:24 PM | Report abuse

Watching the little bit of bullpen footage MASN had going, he looked alright. He certainly wasn't happy to be pulled. Hopefully it's an arm issue that'll be resolved in a day or two.

Posted by: ravensfan20008 | July 27, 2010 7:31 PM | Report abuse

""@JDB1, bubbad:
NOT NOT NOT what either of you said.

The Nationals have gone by the book in everything they've done with Strasburg.

Who knows? Maybe there was a death in his family.

Hold on until you know more.

G-d I hate this mindless, snarky speculation on the Web.

Posted by: bertbkatz | July 27, 2010 7:23 PM | Report abuse""
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We weren't just referring to Strasburg. We can go down the list of Pitchers since 05 that have been hurt. and get over yourself with the snarky remark. This franchise is a cluster......

They act like the Royals while charging NY prices, They're nearly 300 games under .500 since they moved here, they have excuse after excuse, and best of all we the fans keep geting screwed. You think they care, HECK NO they're making money !!!!!!!!

Posted by: JDB1 | July 27, 2010 7:35 PM | Report abuse

""@JDB1, bubbad:
NOT NOT NOT what either of you said.

The Nationals have gone by the book in everything they've done with Strasburg.

Who knows? Maybe there was a death in his family.

Hold on until you know more.

G-d I hate this mindless, snarky speculation on the Web.

Posted by: bertbkatz | July 27, 2010 7:23 PM | Report abuse""
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We weren't just referring to Strasburg. We can go down the list of Pitchers since 05 that have been hurt. and get over yourself with the snarky remark. This franchise is a cluster......

They act like the Royals while charging NY prices, They're nearly 300 games under .500 since they moved here, they have excuse after excuse, and best of all we the fans keep geting screwed. You think they care, HECK NO they're making money !!!!!!!!

Posted by: JDB1 | July 27, 2010 7:38 PM | Report abuse

sorry for the double post

Posted by: JDB1 | July 27, 2010 7:40 PM | Report abuse

Apparently, a tight shoulder...

I have wondered how a guy could throw that hard, that many times -- not questioning his power, or mechanics, but the ability of muscles and tendons and ligaments to take that kind of torque...

I am concerned......

Posted by: JPMcC | July 27, 2010 7:43 PM | Report abuse

Team is reporting "trouble getting loose", but they've scheduled an MRI & x-rays? This is either a gross over-reaction by the FO, or possibly really bad news for the future of the franchise.
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Charlie & Dave have Rizzo in the booth, & he's giving up much, even though they're asking the right questions (Any pain reported, how did he explain it). Bummer.

Posted by: BinM | July 27, 2010 7:52 PM | Report abuse

joba chamberlain 2.0
when are they gonna stop babying this kid??

Posted by: trebla777 | July 27, 2010 7:57 PM | Report abuse

This is the first time he's encountered this much work. Probably has some small tears in his shoulder. No big deal, it's just a matter of days usually. I still think these guys throw too much in between starts. I generally think they should be running, lifting (lower half) and working on their legs and wind so they can go more than 5 innings. You don't throw 80 pitches in the bullpen on your off day. Ridiculous.

Posted by: Brue | July 27, 2010 8:00 PM | Report abuse

joba chamberlain 2.0
when are they gonna stop babying this kid??


Posted by: trebla777 | July 27, 2010 7:57 PM | Report abuse
____________________________

When bonuses are no longer the GNP of most 3rd world countries.

Posted by: TimDz | July 27, 2010 8:05 PM | Report abuse

So the Expos/Nationals continue their history of ruining the pitching arms of their young phenoms. Anyone who doubts it needs only to reflect on the much-hyped Balor Moore, the Expos' very first draft pick in 1969, mishandled by the club to the point he was finished by 1975. The late Carl Morton also comes to mind as well as Charlie Lee and Bill Gullickson...

Posted by: TheAttic | July 27, 2010 8:17 PM | Report abuse

Hey Gang-based on the number of comments, is this gonna be the place for "in game" posts? Just can't type -or read -fast enough for those in games things. Plus-the posts are too short for my tastes.....
And I'm hoping that this scratch is just part of our hyper caution with Stras.
(I believe, I believe.....)
Is it usual for the GM to make that call? (Rizz took responsibility).HMMMM....can you say "Billy Beane and Art Howe"?
Go Nats!!!

Posted by: zendo | July 27, 2010 8:18 PM | Report abuse

Ho boy. Think he's done?

Posted by: Nemo24601 | July 27, 2010 8:40 PM | Report abuse

So the Expos/Nationals continue their history of ruining the pitching arms of their young phenoms. Anyone who doubts it needs only to reflect on the much-hyped Balor Moore, the Expos' very first draft pick in 1969, mishandled by the club to the point he was finished by 1975. The late Carl Morton also comes to mind as well as Charlie Lee and Bill Gullickson...

Posted by: TheAttic | July 27, 2010 8:17 PM | Report abuse

LOL I bet you just LOVE to hear yourself talk, don't you??

Posted by: joek443 | July 27, 2010 8:41 PM | Report abuse

What is all the fuss? Tommy John surgery? Nationals ruining pitching arms? The Kid has a sore arm - all pitchers do, and it's a blip on the radar. You people have no sense of history. Do you think Cy Young (511 wins) or Walter Johnson or the greatest ever Warren Spahn never had a sore arm? Stephen will be fine, his fans may not...give me a break, go suck on your nipple bottle and call me in the morning...

Posted by: dfoster2 | July 27, 2010 8:43 PM | Report abuse

Totally apart from the grousing about the Nats' lousy record and lousier karma -- which I understand -- I don't suppose it would've been better to send Strasburg out with a tight shoulder and have him REALLY injure himself? That seems to be the sentiment of some people posting here.

The Nats did the right thing, IMHO. They need to keep the longer view with regard to Strasburg. Facing the Braves in late July when there's no pennant race involved seems like a poor reason to jeopardize the guy's arm.

Posted by: SilverSpring8 | July 27, 2010 8:46 PM | Report abuse

it sounds more like a dead or tired arm than a sore arm since there's no mention of any pain.

anyway I hope none of you people has a job in crisis management... in fact I'm surprised that you haven't left the area since the tornado on sunday

Posted by: joek443 | July 27, 2010 8:47 PM | Report abuse

Not "day to day" anything but "day to day" isn't John Patterson still not back from his "day to day" respite!

Posted by: cabraman | July 27, 2010 8:49 PM | Report abuse

"When emergency replacement Miguel Batista was announced as the starting pitcher, the large crowd at Nationals Park, expecting to see the 22-year-old phenom, booed."

Way to stay classy.

Proud to be a Nats fan whether or not Strasburg is on the mound.

Posted by: DCLiz | July 27, 2010 8:50 PM | Report abuse

Just focused on throwing strikes, even if he had to take a little off. Brilliant effort on his part. It's like everyone's fantasy - you're called on to save the day in front of 40,000. Keep the ball down and throw strikes. Problem solved.

Posted by: Brue | July 27, 2010 8:59 PM | Report abuse

Anyone care to comment on what a nice job Batista did as a late-tapped starter? I haven't seen a single post relevant to this game.

Posted by: gnatman | July 27, 2010 9:00 PM | Report abuse

Yes, the Nats did the right thing by pulling The Kid. It's the fans that are the question mark - "Crisis Management"? Are you serious? Have you ever pitched from 60'6"? EVERY pitcher gets a sore arm! This is starting to sound like the Great Global Warming Swindle (key to Johnny Rotten and The Sex Pistols) QUICK - A GOVERNMENT BAILOUT IS OUR ONLY HOPE!!!

Posted by: dfoster2 | July 27, 2010 9:07 PM | Report abuse

Yes, great performance by Batista and Burnett thus far... those guys (and most of the bullpen) has stood up and carried a huge load this year pretty darn well... Stras (for less then 2 months) and Livan (all year) have been the only SPs that have held their own on a consistent basis what so ever... so, yeah, kudos to Batista and Burnett and pretty much the entire bullpen... definitely need to continue complaining about the lame SP we have seen in Washington, however...

Posted by: Ghost7 | July 27, 2010 9:11 PM | Report abuse

When emergency replacement Miguel Batista was announced as the starting pitcher, the large crowd at Nationals Park, expecting to see the 22-year-old phenom, booed."

Way to stay classy.

Proud to be a Nats fan whether or not Strasburg is on the mound.

Posted by: DCLiz | July 27, 2010 8:50 PM | Report abuse
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Given the fact that the majority of the fans (more than half) probably only showed up and paid these prices because of SS, I think their angst is Ok...
I have a 10 year old son who is DYING to see SS....I am guessing there were more than a few parents who shelled out major cash for their kids (of ALL ages) to see SS and they get to see Batista instead?
Kind of like going on Broadway to see Olivier play hamlet and finding out the stand in is playing instead...

Just sayin'

Posted by: TimDz | July 27, 2010 9:17 PM | Report abuse

Way to stay classy.

Proud to be a Nats fan whether or not Strasburg is on the mound.

Posted by: DCLiz

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Totally agreed, DCLiz!!!

Also, after watching Batista's outstanding performance this evening, I'd think he might want to change his name to Esteban Strasburguez.

Posted by: NatAlbert | July 27, 2010 9:18 PM | Report abuse

Amazing how unknowledgeable some of the posters are:

@JDB1 - The Nats' prices are like NY? Geez, the $300 tix at Nats Park are $2,500 in NYS. You have a very broad definition of "like."
@theattic - Franchise ruining arms and you point to something that happened 40 years ago. Tommy John was pitching before had the surgery.
@trebia777 - Babying the kid? Don't think so. He's young and has never pitched this many in his life. He'll go 150 - 160 max this year and this just extends it a little further into September.

I'm there tomorrow & Friday. I'd rather see Detwiler (course I've already seen Stras 3x)

Posted by: mikecatcher50 | July 27, 2010 9:25 PM | Report abuse

I can't get over the idiotic over-reaction on this page to Strasburg getting scratched. It was a smart, precautionary move. We hope it's nothing serious. We'll find out when we see the MRI. The team has been VERY careful with him. There's no pattern of abusing pitchers. Shoot happens.
Get some GD perspective, people.

Posted by: jdsp2000 | July 27, 2010 9:26 PM | Report abuse

Very nice win!!!!!

Unexpected, crisp, and against the Bravos, no less. Excellent!

Posted by: NatAlbert | July 27, 2010 9:34 PM | Report abuse

Yes, great game all around!

The puzzle remains as to why they seem to play great against the best teams and lose to the dogs. They obviously can beat the best.

Posted by: gnatman | July 27, 2010 9:37 PM | Report abuse

DC Liz and Mikecatcher50: Thank you for putting some rarely seen common sense on this page.


Posted by: dfoster2 | July 27, 2010 9:55 PM | Report abuse

Also kudos to JDSP2000. One month from now all these Chicken Little comments will be confirmed for exactly what they are. And Arriba Batista!

Posted by: dfoster2 | July 27, 2010 10:15 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, dfoster2. The sky may be falling or not, but let's not ASSUME it is til we know one way or the other.
And yeah, great outing by Batista.

Posted by: jdsp2000 | July 27, 2010 10:21 PM | Report abuse

So does anybody still believe Riggleman has any juice? How often does a GM usurp a manager in this way?

Like I said the other day, Rizzo's vote of confidence in Riggleman was meaningless and a non-story.

Posted by: paulkp | July 27, 2010 10:24 PM | Report abuse

Well, since Tuesday and Sunday were almost sell outs, no need to actually pitch the guy...now let it leak that he may go at any time and watch the Nats turn even more profit!

Congrats on the Nats being the third most profitable team last year and here's to even more $ for the owners this year!!

Posted by: CJArlington | July 27, 2010 10:43 PM | Report abuse

Let's everyone relax Rizzo decided to err on the side of caution instead of having him go out there and really alarm the dwindling fan base (by pulling him during the game). This is one of the few things Rizzo has done right lately, let's all wait for result's before we send the kid in for Tommy John surgery.

Posted by: dargregmag | July 27, 2010 10:48 PM | Report abuse

Is it the Good-Time Charlies who pay $300 strictly to see SS pitch who are doing all the whining? Go pick up Redskins scalper tickets at $600 and then complain when Shanahan turns in a 9-10 win season...that's real fan support for ya. Strasburg, Zim, Willingham, Dunn, etc will be there winning long after your rainy day butts have bolted.

Posted by: dfoster2 | July 27, 2010 10:52 PM | Report abuse

Way to go, Bautista!! And the team behind him! Against the Braves, no less.

Now, hoping Stras is okay.

Posted by: samantha7 | July 27, 2010 11:17 PM | Report abuse

TimDz: great analogy, and Wednesday afternoons, you might see a really good rising star.

And dfoster2:
With all due respect to the wonderful lefty Spahn, the Big Train is the greatest.

Posted by: nats24 | July 27, 2010 11:27 PM | Report abuse

"@JDB1 - The Nats' prices are like NY? Geez, the $300 tix at Nats Park are $2,500 in NYS. You have a very broad definition of "like.""

Didn't realize their was one team in NY. Did the METS fold? News to me.

Posted by: JDB1 | July 28, 2010 12:18 AM | Report abuse

"Is it the Good-Time Charlies who pay $300 strictly to see SS pitch who are doing all the whining? Go pick up Redskins scalper tickets at $600 and then complain when Shanahan turns in a 9-10 win season...that's real fan support for ya. Strasburg, Zim, Willingham, Dunn, etc will be there winning long after your rainy day butts have bolted"


Rainy day my ars. I've had season tix for 6 years. Don't talk to me about loyalty. Get over yourself.

Posted by: JDB1 | July 28, 2010 12:20 AM | Report abuse

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