In an interview on MASN on Friday, Washington Nationals' GM Mike Rizzo explained the decision to scratch Stephen Strasburg from what would have been the right-hander's 29th start of the season that night. "Stras had some stiffness in his forearm when he was playing catch yesterday," Rizzo said. "We sent him to the doctor. He got a full exam and an MRI and nothing structural is wrong. It looks like it's just some inflammation. He's taking some medication for it and hopefully next time his start rolls around he should be able to post."
After Sunday afternoon's game in the nation's capital, Davey Johnson told reporters that the Nats' 25-year-old starter had played catch without any issues. "He's fine," Johnson said, " Felt really good. He's on track, now he's going to throw a bullpen tomorrow."
The Nationals had previously said that if all went well in his throwing sessions, Strasburg would be back to start on Thurday in the first game of four with the Miami Marlins in Washington, D.C.
Before today's game in Nationals Park, the Nats' skipper updated reporters on the status of the Nats' '09 no.1 overall pick:
Strasburg's bullpen session yesterday went as planned. He'll start Thu vs Marlins.— Mark Zuckerman (@ZuckermanCSN) September 17, 2013
Per Davey, Stephen Strasburg had no issue with his bullpen session and is on track to start Thursday. Strasburg: "It was good."— James Wagner (@JamesWagnerWP) September 17, 2013
In 28 starts so far this season, in his fourth major league campaign, Strasburg is (7-9) with a 2.96 ERA, a 3.18 FIP, 52 BB (2.75 BB/9) and 181 Ks (9.58 K/9) in 170 IP. Barring any setbacks, he'll be back on the mound in the nation's capital on Thursday.
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