According to NBC Sports, Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg is eyeing to pitch this coming Saturday against the Minnesota Twins. Strasburg was taken out of last Friday’s game after straining his lat.
According to the report, originally reported by CSN’s Mark Zuckerman, Strasburg will throw a bullpen this afternoon and, if all goes well, will trying to start Saturdays game. If all does not go well, he could likely be headed to the 15-day DL. Should that action have to be taken, it will leave a huge void in the Nationals rotation and a minor leaguer, possibly Zach Duke, will likely be called up to replace Strasburg in the rotation.
The good news about this injury is it’s location. When Strasburg was first taken out of the game last Friday, many held their breath and hoped that it had nothing to do with his Tommy Johns Surgically Repaired elbow. Many were relieved to hear that it was just a lat strain. In fact, the only people that were worried were fans and media members. After the MRI results were made public, the team revealed that Strasburg complained of soreness in the region before the game but decided to give it a go, anyways.
- HBT: Strasburg eyes return to mound Saturday (hardballtalk.nbcsports.com)
- Nats’ Strasburg leaves start with oblique strain (mlb.si.com)
- Washington Nationals: MRI shows slight strain in Stephen Strasburg’s right side (wjla.com)
- MRI shows grade 1 strain in Strasburg’s right side (sportsillustrated.cnn.com)