Washington Nationals’ right-hander Stephen Strasburg left today’s outing against the Arizona Diamondbacks after just two scoreless innings of work in which allowed one hits and three walks. He threw 51 pitches, 29 strikes before he left the game.
The Nationals don’t usually make any injury announcements during the game, so we’ll likely have to wait until Dusty Baker’s post game press conference to get any updates on the right-hander.
Strasburg came out of the All-Star Break with seven strong innings of work on the mound against the Cincinnati Reds last weekend, giving up four hits, a walk, and one earned run, while striking out 11 batters in what ended up a 6-1 win.
Eugenio Suarez hit a solo home run off Strasburg in the second for the Reds’ only run off the right-hander, who settled in after that and tossed five scoreless giving up two hits the rest of the way.
Towards the end of the outing, however, Nationals’ pitching coach Mike Maddux saw something he didn’t like, and he went out to talk to Strasburg on the mound.
“Well you know Stras is -- he sweats a lot,” Dusty Baker told reporters after the win, “... and he’s prone to cramps and that’s what we thought it was, but when he waved us off — Mike went out anyway to check him out.”
Strasburg stayed in the game and completed the seventh.
“Felt pretty good,” Strasburg told reporters after the outing, “just kind of took a little while to get loose, I just feel like a couple days of no-throw over the Break, just kind of the body just wants to pretend like it’s the offseason, so just trying to wake it back up the next couple days after that, just took a little while, but I just tried to battle through it and just keep going, and it seemed to get better as the game went on.”
“He finished strong,” Baker said.
“Like I tell these guys, just finish strong, and then you’ve done your day’s work and then turn it over to someone else.”
Strasburg’s teammates started strong Sunday afternoon in Phoenix, AZ’s Chase Field, with the Nationals handing the right-hander a 4-0 lead before he even took the hill.
He worked around a single and a walk in the first, and gave up back-to-back, two-out walks in the second, before getting Daniel Descalso looking with a 3-2 curve.
He didn’t look comfortable on the mound, however, with the Diamondbacks’ announce team noting that he was stretching his wrist between pitches, as he struggled with his command.
He didn’t come back out for the third. Now we have to wait to see what the Nationals and Baker have to say after the game...