Washington Nationals’ team trainer Paul Lessard was asked after announcing that an MRI on Stephen Strasburg’s right elbow revealed a strained flexor mass, if there was any timetable for the 28-year-old right-hander’s return? Lessard wasn’t offering any timetables.
“I’m thinking let’s take care of the swelling and the pain-free range of motion and then we’ll start a strengthening program,” Lessard said.
“So, I’m just worried about the next four or five days right now.”
Strasburg addressed the media this past weekend, after having a PRP injection in the elbow, and talked about the news he received on his elbow.
"It was about as good of news as you can get,” Strasburg said, as quoted by CSN Mid-Atlantic’s Chase Hughes.
“So, I'm just trying to take it one day at a time now and do everything I can to get out there, not only as fast as possible but feeling right at the same time.”
Asked if he thought he could be available for a potential postseason run, Strasburg was non-committal.
“I can’t make that claim,” he said. “There is still pretty much a month left in the season and just trying to get back healthy and hopefully when they’re still playing baseball.”
Dusty Baker was asked on Tuesday afternoon, after the 4-5 day period following the diagnosis had passed, if he had any updates on Strasburg, but he said he had nothing new to report.
“Paul [Lessard] didn’t tell me anything and Stras certainly is not going to tell you anything,” Baker joked, “so I just have to go talk to Paul.”
Nats’ GM Mike Rizzo talked about Strasburg’s status during his weekly visit with 106.7 the FAN in D.C.’s The Sports Junkies on Wednesday morning.
Rizzo was asked where his confidence-level was with regard to Strasburg potentially returning to competitive action this season.
“Our confidence-level is high that once this flexor mass subsides he’ll be ready to pitch,” Rizzo said.
“Unfortunately we’re getting pretty good at diagnosing and recognizing the tell-tale signs of these elbow injuries and that type of thing, so we’ve brought it to all our experts and we’re all on the same page that once the mass is healed he should be ready to return to throw and should move forward fairly comfortably after that.”
“The good news was that the ligament looks clean and it’s strong and viable, so we felt good about that.”
As for the latest updates on the ‘09 No. 1 overall pick?
As of Wednesday morning, here’s what Rizzo had to say.
“He had a PRP injection into the affected area. We shut him down for a couple days because of that and we’re starting to ramp him up to a ‘return-to-throw’ program and then hopefully if that progresses as we feel it should, then you get on the mound and start your mound progression to get some meaningful innings in later on during the season.”