Nats Injury Update (UPDATED)

English: Stephen Strasburg

English: Stephen Strasburg (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

UPDATE @ 10:03 AM, 6/2/2013

According to Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post, Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg has been diagnosed with a grade 1 lat strain following his MRI yesterday. Here’s an expert from Kilgores article. “Kuntz” referes to Nationals head athletic trainer Lee Kuntz.

Kuntz said the muscular injury occurred in the lower right section of Strasburg’s back, where the oblique and lat are close to one another. The proximity of the muscles, Kuntz said, led him to believe Strasburg had strained an oblique before an MRI revealed it was his lat muscle.

The recovery time for a lat strain can vary. The Nationals have not ruled out Strasburg making his next start, and Strasburg said he feels he could have kept pitching Friday night when Manager Davey Johnson pulled him after two innings.

Stephen Strasburg could very well end up missing multiple starts due to this injury. Some online publications say that the injury could take as many as 2-3 weeks to recover from, but luckily Strasburg has the least severe of lat strains. There have been a few other pitchers to go down with lat strains and they missed upwards of 3-4 weeks. As stated in the excerpt, the Nationals have not yet ruled out Strasburg making his next start.

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It’s been a rough season for the Washington Nationals from an injury stand point and today it got a little rougher as news surfaced regarding Bryce Harper and Stephen Strasburg.

About three weeks ago, Nationals star outfielder Bryce Harper went smashing into the outfield wall while the team was in Los Angeles to play the Dodgers. At the time, Harper left the game and was diagnosed with a sore shoulder and knee. Since then, Harper has been in and out of the lineup with what was being called a “sore knee”.

Today, Harper was placed on the 15-day disabled list for left knee bursitis. The DC ball club hoped that the swelling would subside but, alas, it did not. Davey Johnson told reporters that “If we felt he’d be back in three to five days, we wouldn’t have DL’ed him.” For now, Roger Bernadina could likely see time in the outfield along with Tyler Moore and do-it-aller Steve Lombardozzi. Personally, I’d like to see Lombardozzi get the nod since he has a better and more consistent bat than the other two. At any rate, we could likely see a combination of any two since Jayson Werth doesn’t appear to be returning soon.

In a move directly related to Harper heading to the DL, the Nationals have called up right hander Erik Davis from AAA Syracuse. The Nats have tied Davey’s hands behind his back as he has very little depth on his bench, but a ton in the bullpen. When it comes to the late innings and looking for a pinch hitter, his options will be very limited. Harper will be able to return from the DL on June 11th as the designation is retroactive to May 28th.

The big talk about last nights game was not that the bullpen pitched 7 innings of 1-run baseball, but that the bullpen had to pitch seven innings of baseball on a night that ace pitcher Stephen Strasburg had the start on the mound.

After just two innings of baseball last night, the Nationals had to pull Strasburg due injury and, at the time, nobody knew what for. The organization’s fan base was able to exhale upon hearing that it was for discomfort in right oblique. It later came out that Strasburg complained of the discomfort before the game but decided to give it a go and hope that it would go away.

Strasburg underwent an MRI today and was diagnosed with a strained right oblique and the Nationals are currently saying that they may have to delay his next start, but are taking a wait and see approach to the injury.

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