Stephen Strasburg acknowledged after his first start of the 2020 campaign on Sunday in D.C., that the nerve impingement in his right wrist which had kept him off the mound the first few weeks of the season, had affected him late in his outing against the Orioles.
Strasburg noticeably shook out his wrist during his fifth inning of work against Baltimore, drawing attention from Washington’s dugout, but he waved off Nationals’ manager Davey Martinez and continued on with the inning, in which he gave up five of the seven hits he allowed overall, walked the one batter he walked all day, and had all five of the runs which he surrendered score.
“To be honest,” the 32-year-old right-hander said, “... you know I felt it, and I don’t know if it was necessarily fatigue or just not having necessarily the stamina built up quite yet, but it’s something where I don’t think I’m doing any long-term harm on it, but it does have an impact on being able to throw the baseball and being able to commit to the pitches. So, yeah, that’s something I haven’t quite figured out, how to pitch through it yet, so I think the goal is to continue to get built up and get the pitch count up to where that won’t be flaring up over the course of the start.”
Hearing the ‘09 No. 1 overall pick say that, his manager said on Wednesday afternoon, while he talked about preparing for the third game of four with the New York Mets in Citi Field, did get his attention.
“I was a little bit concerned,” Martinez told reporters on a Zoom call from Flushing, Queens.
“We’ll see how he feels. Yesterday he threw a little bit, he still felt it, so we’ll see where he’s at. He’s going to try — it’s raining right now, so we’ll see if he can get out there and throw again today, but we’ll definitely have to keep an eye on it.”
“This is a weird thing,” Martinez added. “He doesn’t feel it all the time. I know he’s in the training room working with the staff on trying to get it to go away.”
While he’s still in line to make his next start, the Nationals’ training staff and their starter are hard at work trying to remedy the issue.
“It’s really hard to manage,” Martinez said. “I mean, I wish I had a definitive answer. I don’t. We just have to go by what he’s saying and what he feels.
“Like I said, I know he’s in there getting treatment, I know they’re doing a bunch of things to strengthen that area, his forearm, and all that other stuff.
“So, we’re just going to have to wait and see how he feels in the next day or so. I know he’s pitching on Friday, so hopefully today he feels better, tomorrow he doesn’t feel it and we’ll go from there.”