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Strasburg removed with apparent injury

Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg left tonight's game in the bottom of the fifth inning with an as-yet undisclosed injury, after wincing visibly and shaking his right hand following a pitch to Phillies right fielder Domonic Brown.

There was no immediate word from the Nationals regarding the nature of Strasburg's injury, but one is expected shortly.

Strasburg was working on a two-hitter, and had just struck out Raul Ibanez to open the fifth, when he threw a 1-1 change up to Brown. Strasburg winced towards the end of his follow-through, and immediately began shaking his hand. Although he gestured to the Nationals' dugout as if to say he was okay, Manager Jim Riggleman, pitching coach Steve McCatty and head trainer Lee Kuntz all immediately rushed to the mound. Strasburg could be seen trying to argue for remaining in the game, but he eventually walked off and disappeared into the tunnel leading to the Nationals' clubhouse.

To that point, Strasburg was dominating the two-time defending NL champs, allowing only a single to Ryan Howard and a double to Placido Polanco, as the Nationals built a 5-1 lead. Strasburg had not walked a batter, and had struck out six at the time he was pulled. Right-hander Craig Stammen replaced Strasburg and completed the rest of the fifth inning.

[UPDATE, 9:50 p.m.: It appears as if there will not be a medical update on Strasburg until after the game. As the ninth inning gets underway, the Nationals are still leading, 5-1.]

By Dave Sheinin  |  August 21, 2010; 8:51 PM ET
 
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That's amazing. I didn't see any of that.

My guess is it's not serious though. I think he just tweaked his wrist or elbow. They're gonna treat him like he's a little leaguer until they can sniff contention.

If it's serious, the Nats won't say so. Don't wanna hurt ticket sales until absolutely necessary and jeopardize the Nats' being the third-most profitable team (that might not sign adam dunn) again this year...

http://forums.realgm.com/boards/viewforum.php?f=124

Posted by: CJArlington | August 21, 2010 9:05 PM | Report abuse

Dave, I don't mean to correct you but if you watch the replay from the broadcast, Strasburg was clearly signaling for someone to come out of the dugout. He was not signaling for them to stay in there, he was signaling them to come out to the mound.

Posted by: baltova1 | August 21, 2010 9:07 PM | Report abuse

He did originally signal he was okay. And then two seconds later he changed his mind.

Posted by: amorris525 | August 21, 2010 9:13 PM | Report abuse

Stammen can't field a simple dribbler back to the mound. Now the heart of their order is coming up. Got a BAD feeling about this. Another game where we should be ahead six or seven. Should have put Kendrick away back in the early innings.

Posted by: LeeM9308 | August 21, 2010 9:14 PM | Report abuse

Dave, I don't mean to correct you but if you watch the replay from the broadcast, Strasburg was clearly signaling for someone to come out of the dugout. He was not signaling for them to stay in there, he was signaling them to come out to the mound.

Posted by: baltova1 | August 21, 2010 9:07 PM

That's how I saw it as well

Posted by: Kev29 | August 21, 2010 9:28 PM | Report abuse

I'm not much at TV-lipreading, but it didn't look to me like he argued to stay in. He called Pudge out immediately.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | August 21, 2010 9:32 PM | Report abuse

I think the most disturbing sign is how upset McCatty was after getting back into the dugout. I don't want to read too much into it, but he was pretty upset.

Posted by: baltova1 | August 21, 2010 9:37 PM | Report abuse

Two words. Injury prone. I'm predicting a lifetime record of 54-37, the last few about eight years from now and out of the bullpen, after years when the orthopedist sees more of him than the fans.

Posted by: Nemo24601 | August 21, 2010 9:39 PM | Report abuse

@ Nemo24601

why don't you just $TFU and wait for the update before really making a fool of yourself???

Posted by: joek443 | August 21, 2010 9:43 PM | Report abuse

Nemo, a little reminder. Clemens missed time in his second season because of injury. Jim Palmer missed almost two complete seasons when he was 21 and 22 and it wasn't certain he'd pitch again. Don't jump to conclusions.

Posted by: baltova1 | August 21, 2010 9:45 PM | Report abuse

Gotta keep tamping down the urge to say SHUT HIM DOWN Now now NOW....

Posted by: Juan-John1 | August 21, 2010 9:47 PM | Report abuse

Very ominous that they don't want to make any announcement until after the game. That tells me that Rizzo is going to deliver the bad news.

I also saw Mcatty slam the door shut on the telephone. He obviously knows its bad.

Posted by: MKadyman | August 21, 2010 9:53 PM | Report abuse

It appeared to me that Stephen sustained a relatively serious arm injury. He grimaced and yelled out, and it took them about 45 to get him out of the game. Hopefully, it's a moderate forearm strain and not a complete tear somewhere in the flexor-pronator group of the arm.

Posted by: dennisv1 | August 21, 2010 10:04 PM | Report abuse

Cat looks like someone just shot his dog :-(

Posted by: Kev29 | August 21, 2010 10:06 PM | Report abuse

Cat looks like someone just shot his dog :-(

Posted by: Kev29 | August 21, 2010 10:07 PM | Report abuse

Shot it twice.

Posted by: stevie_in_gp | August 21, 2010 10:09 PM | Report abuse

As the ninth inning gets underway, the Nationals are still leading, 5-1.]
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Under way is two words.

Posted by: loulor | August 21, 2010 10:09 PM | Report abuse

I didn't see him "yell out." He grimaced and then kind of went "ahh" but not with a yell.

There won't be any kind of bad announcement after the game. They want to sell tickets for as long as possible. Any announcement to shut him down will be delayed as long as possible for the sake of ticket sales...

Posted by: CJArlington | August 21, 2010 10:10 PM | Report abuse

Guess we need to fire Sheinin now. Also, underway is allowable.

Posted by: amorris525 | August 21, 2010 10:11 PM | Report abuse

As the ninth inning gets underway, the Nationals are still leading, 5-1.]
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Under way is two words.

Posted by: loulor |

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Um...no it isn't.

Posted by: js_edit | August 21, 2010 10:12 PM | Report abuse

C'mon, there is no reason to even warm up Storen. Don't waste valuable pitches from young arms in the bullpen in a situation like this.

Posted by: baltova1 | August 21, 2010 10:13 PM | Report abuse

Only allowable as an adjective. Not how it is used above, NOT that I agree that blog updates should be picked apart for usage, spelling, and grammar.

Posted by: stevie_in_gp | August 21, 2010 10:15 PM | Report abuse

CJ, he yelled out the F word, from my observation.

Posted by: dennisv1 | August 21, 2010 10:16 PM | Report abuse

(And not that the American Heritage and Merriam-Webster on-line versions agree about "underway.")

Posted by: stevie_in_gp | August 21, 2010 10:18 PM | Report abuse

I should say, he grimaced and then put out his comment...

Yeah, I get you dennis...could be right...

Posted by: CJArlington | August 21, 2010 10:18 PM | Report abuse

Not piling on, just late to the ... end of the SS game.

SS definitely called the trainer/coach out and the grimace was significant. McCatty's reaction with the slam of the phone box seemed like a man realizing this could be the end of the road for him, unless JZimm goes lights out the rest of his season.

Anyone else think it strange that Riggs didn't at least do a double switch so Stammen didn't lead off the first inning post-SS?

Posted by: mo_dc | August 21, 2010 10:25 PM | Report abuse

Ray Knight says "strained flexor tendon".

Posted by: MKadyman | August 21, 2010 10:26 PM | Report abuse

Strained flexor in the forearm, per Ray Knight.

Posted by: dennisv1 | August 21, 2010 10:27 PM | Report abuse

When is Carpenter back in the booth, so Johnny can be back in the studio? It's excruciating watching Lou Holder trying to figure this stuff out on the fly.

Posted by: shepdave2003 | August 21, 2010 10:27 PM | Report abuse

There won't be any kind of bad announcement after the game. They want to sell tickets for as long as possible. Any announcement to shut him down will be delayed as long as possible for the sake of ticket sales...

Posted by: CJArlington | August 21, 2010 10:10 PM

If anybody had 10:10 pm in the Conspiracy Theory Pool - you win!

Posted by: Kev29 | August 21, 2010 10:28 PM | Report abuse

Strained flexor tendor and he wanted to stay in. Good news.

http://forums.realgm.com/boards/viewforum.php?f=124

Posted by: CJArlington | August 21, 2010 10:28 PM | Report abuse

Not really Kev. No conspiracy, but why would you rush to announce he's done for the season? I wouldn't.

Watch.

Posted by: CJArlington | August 21, 2010 10:30 PM | Report abuse

But do we think this means the end to his season, irregardless? (That should bring out the dictionary nazis.)

Posted by: stevie_in_gp | August 21, 2010 10:32 PM | Report abuse

Jeez, CJ. They're being straight up about this - as they were with the last injury. And Jesus isn't even selling tickets anymore - check the last two outings. He's just a straight up, ultra important asset to the team now - the celebrity hype has died down.

Posted by: Kev29 | August 21, 2010 10:36 PM | Report abuse

Okay, someone has to smell a conspiracy right? The Nats' braintrust wants to keep him under 160 innings pitched this year, right?

So how many innings does he have to miss between now and the last weekend of the year? Might one or two trips to the DL have him pitch the last game of the year at Nats Park? Hmmmm.

Not that I'm necessarily buying this theory, but it is a little bit possible, no? I just hope that the next medical report shows "slight inflammation" or something like that.

This could be more Nats luck, though.

Posted by: McLobo | August 21, 2010 10:38 PM | Report abuse

new thread...

he wanted to remain in the game because he felt okay after the initial pain in the forearm, NOT the elbow

Posted by: joek443 | August 21, 2010 10:43 PM | Report abuse

Kev29 is right. I was at the last Strasmas at Nats Park, and it was nowhere close to full. He apparently still sells tickets in other people's ballparks, but the superstar factor has definitely faded in DC.

They just want to keep him healthy for a long future with the team. And how many more starts was he going to get anyway before they shut him down? Everybody's talking like he was going to be carrying the team through August and September and into October.

Uh, no...never was the plan.

Posted by: shepdave2003 | August 21, 2010 10:45 PM | Report abuse

So the Nationals front office told Strasburg to FAKE an injury, on the field, away to the NL champs, while pitching perfectly, so he could go on the DL and extend his season for a meaningless game in late Sept?? Oh and a game that will be sold out by Philly fans anwat.
Please, step away from ledge fellas.

Posted by: Kev29 | August 21, 2010 10:45 PM | Report abuse

I also noticed that McCatty was upset, but I wonder whether his own injury history may have colored his reaction.

Speaking of tv lip-reading, when McCatty went out to the mound to talk to Batista, I'm pretty sure that I caught a "mammerjamming" in there.

And what shepdave and Kev said re. the team's handling of the injury. They're being cautious with him in the short term, to keep him healthy for the long term. There's no conspiracy (except in some people's heads).

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | August 21, 2010 11:22 PM | Report abuse

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