Stephen Strasburg told reporters after his two-inning outing against the D-backs on Sunday afternoon in Arizona he was thinking about the big picture when he and the Nationals made the decision to lift him from his start.
“I’ve had so much stuff happen [in my career],” Strasburg said, as quoted by MASN’s Mark Zuckerman. “Just trying not to be selfish out there. I’m not really helping the team if I’m going out there and continually throwing through these things.
“I just want to be there at the end. That’s like the ultimate goal this year. And 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.”
Informed of those comments by reporters on Wednesday afternoon, Dusty Baker said he had not heard Strasburg express those thoughts, though he was happy to hear the 29-year-old right-hander was thinking long-term.
“That’s how we look at it, you know what I mean,” Baker explained.
“But we didn’t want to say that’s how we look at it without discussing it with him first.”
“Because you don’t want to do anything to not have him in September,” Baker said, “because he hasn’t been in September to this point, so that’s good, cause he’s very conscious and aware of the past injuries that he’s had, and he’s very self-conscious about that, which I don’t blame him, so that’s positive to hear that he conveyed that to you.”
Strasburg was there once in September/October, of course, but he has missed two of the Nats’ three postseason runs while dealing with injuries.
Following Wednesday’s game, Baker announced that Strasburg, who was diagnosed with a right elbow nerve impingement, would go on the 10-Day DL.
‘He’ll go on the DL tomorrow, and so we’ll back date it and he’ll only miss one turn,” Baker said.
Erick Fedde is coming up take Strasburg’s turn in the rotation in the second of three with the Colorado Rockies on Saturday.
“[Fedde] is coming up and he’ll get a start, we just backed up Stras for precaution, and so he’ll miss one turn, and good thing this is where the 10-Day DL comes in effect to help you.”
Fedde will be up on Saturday. For now, however, the Nationals have called Sammy Solis up to help out of the bullpen.