When he spoke to reporters after the Washington Nationals’ series finale with the D-backs in Arizona this weekend, Nats’ skipper Dusty Baker said that Stephen Strasburg, who was lifted from the game with achiness/stiffness in his forearm, would see team doctors when the Nationals got back home to the nation’s capital.
“He’s had a little stiffness, really couldn’t get loose even though he was throwing the ball well,” Baker explained, “so we’ll analyze it when we get back home, after he sees our doctors, and hopefully we’ll have an answer on Tuesday.”
Asked if the Nationals had any tests (an MRI?) scheduled, Baker said no... a couple times.
“No, no, no, no, no, he’s just got to see the doctors. They’ll rub on you and pull on you and all kinds of stuff, so like I said, I’d be guessing, right now I don’t have an answer.”
Strasburg didn’t seem particularly concerned when he spoke to reporters after what was a two-inning outing, explaining, as quoted by MASN’s Mark Zuckerman, that the ultimate goal was to be available late this season and saying that, “... if getting pulled after a couple innings today, if that’s going to put me in a better position to be there, I’ll take it.”
This afternoon, Baker told reporters that Strasburg saw the doctors, who said that the right-hander was fine, and though they couldn’t rule out a DL stint, the hope was that he would make his next start.
Dusty says Doctor says Strasburg is doing fine hopefully will make next start— Byron Kerr (@masnKerr) July 25, 2017
He Spoke to Strasburg
He says he's feeling good
Dusty said Strasburg saw doctors and "is doing fine" but wouldn't rule out DL stint. Also said he didn't think he underwent an MRI.— Jorge Castillo (@jorgeccastillo) July 25, 2017
Doctors examined Strasburg, compared to past exams, and think he is fine, Dusty said. For now, expect he is able to make next start.— Chelsea Janes (@chelsea_janes) July 25, 2017
A couple hours after Baker met with reporters, an official Nationals spokesperson told reporters in the nation’s capital that the issue affecting Strasburg was actually a nerve impingement that has been alleviated. They’re still hoping the 29-year-old right-hander can make his next start.
Official update on Strasburg from the Nats: he had some nerve impingement that has been alleviated— Jamal Collier (@JamalCollier) July 25, 2017
#Nats spokesperson says Strasburg had "some nerve impingement that has been alleviated."— Mark Zuckerman (@MarkZuckerman) July 25, 2017
According to a Nats spokesperson, Strasburg has some nerve impingement that has been alleviated. Nats hopeful he can make next start— Craig Heist (@cheistsports) July 25, 2017
Reports from the nation’s capital today also said that Strasburg threw on flat ground in Nationals Park, as he would normally when preparing for his next start. More info when it’s available...
Hearing Strasburg did not undergo an MRI, but did undergo an ultrasound procedure. Results compared to previous ones. So they did look at it— Chelsea Janes (@chelsea_janes) July 25, 2017