Stephen Strasburg returned from a month-plus on the Disabled List with right shoulder inflammation for a 4 2⁄3-inning outing against the Atlanta Braves last week (after which he and Max Scherzer got into a headline-generating argument).
Washington’s 30-year-old right-hander, who was set to start against the Miami Marlins in tonight’s series opener in Miami is going back on the 10-Day DL, however.
MLB.com’s Transactions page had the move to the Disabled List for Strasburg, (which is said to be retroactive to July 22nd, two days after the start against the Braves) listed before any official announcement from Washington’s front office.
In 14 starts this season, the 2009 No. 1 overall pick has a 3.90 ERA, a 3.50 FIP, 21 walks (2.21 BB/9), 101 Ks (10.65 K/9), and a .236/.291/.413 line against in 85 1⁄3 IP.
Will the latest development in the Nationals’ rotation affect the team’s thinking going into the July 31st non-waiver trade deadline?
GM Mike Rizzo, before the news on Strasburg trickled out, talked to 106.7 the FAN in D.C.’s Sports Junkies on Wednesday about the rotation and the possibility of the Nationals trying to upgrade their starting pitching.
“The trade deadline question about adding a starting pitcher, it’s not a new question to us, and I give the same answer I always give,” Rizzo said.
“We’re going to do what we have to do to benefit the team and to improve the team going forward for ‘18 and beyond. If there’s a deal out there we’ve never been afraid to pull the trigger and make a deal, but as far as the trade market goes, you have to find a deal with a pitcher that’s an upgrade to what you’ve got, and I think the starting pitching trade market is a fairly lean market this year, and at this point in time we haven’t come across a guy that’s going to be a big upgrade for us where you’re going to have to give up minor league talent to acquire him and it’s going to move the needle and take you in a different direction than the pitchers that we know and we know their track record and their performance record in the past.”
Will the absence of Strasburg, for however long he’s out this time, change that approach with the non-waiver deadline just days away now? And who starts tonight in Miami?