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37 Stephen Strasburg SP
Height/Weight: 6-4/230 | Birthdate: 7/20/1988 | Birthplace: San Diego, CA | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Washington | College: San Diego State | MLB Experience: 6 | Salary: $3,900,000 | Owned/Started%: 97/66 | Average Draft Position: 15.79
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P Stephen Strasburg settles down to earn victory


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(5/17/2015) Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg got off to a shaky start in his hometown of San Diego, allowing the Padres to open up an early 2-0 lead. But the pitcher settled down and rode his team's offensive attack to pick up his third victory of the season. 

Strasburg lasted just five innings, giving up three runs and five hits, but he did just enough to break a two-game losing streak as the Nationals picked up a 10-5 victory. Strasburg tied a season-high with seven strikeouts.

A former star at San Diego State, Strasburg has now beaten the Padres four straight times. With the victory, Strasburg lowered his ERA to 5.98.


Nationals' Stephen Strasburg works on mechanics in bullpen session


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/14/2015) Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg had a bullpen session on Thursday, to work on mechanics. 

In his last start, Strasburg was rocked for eight runs--seven earned--on eight hits in 3 1/3 innings. After the bullpen session, Strasburg blamed the start on poor pitch selection and bad mechanics, per MLB.com

"There are some things I'm working through. I think in the long run, I'm going to look back on this, I'll think of it as a blessing," Strasburg said. "I go through times like this. You do your best to stay positive, to be at peace in all situations. ... I'm trying to keep getting better. I know there is light at the end of the tunnel. I will continue to work hard to help this team win as many games as we can.

"The thing is, you have to go out there and execute the pitches, and even then you have to have a game plan. These are good hitters, and they are going to try and think with you. You just have to be on top of your game in that department. At the same time, I know the ability and the stuff that I have. As long as I go out there and execute pitches the way I know I can, I'll be OK."


Nats SP Stephen Strasburg rocked for seven ER in 3 1/3 IP in loss


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/13/2015) Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg was rocked for eight runs (seven earned) on eight hits in 3 1/3 innings to take the loss against the Diamondbacks on Tuesday.

Strasburg had an extra day of rest for Tuesday's start after leaving his last outing early with a shoulder issue.

"Embarrassed. I let the team down. It sucks," Strasburg said.

Strasburg allowed a two-run double in the first inning and then home runs to Ender Inciarte (solo) in the third inning and Mark Trumbo (three-run shot) in the fourth.

Trumbo's blast ended Strasburg's night.

Strasburg's next turn in the rotation is scheduled for Saturday in San Diego.


Nationals to start Scherzer Monday, Strasburg (shoulder) Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/10/2015) The Nationals have named Max Scherzer the starter for Monday's game against the Diamondbacks, with Stephen Strasburg (shoulder) scheduled to pitch Tuesday.

Strasburg developed a shoulder injury in his previous start Tuesday, and the team has decided to give him an extra day of rest rather than skip him completely. Scherzer will be pitching on normal rest Monday after earning a win Wednesday.


Ankle pain led to shoulder issue for Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/9/2015) Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg revealed after his bullpen session Saturday that the issue with his shoulder, which led to his early exit from Tuesday's start, was caused by ankle pain, forcing him to change his mechanics and, subsequently, triggering an alignment issue beneath his shoulder blade, per MASN.com.

Strasburg remains questionable for scheduled May 11 start at Arizona.

Nationals' Stephen Strasburg throws bullpen, next start still question mark


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/9/2015) Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg threw a bullpen session on Saturday, testing the injury that forced him out of Tuesday's start.

Strasburg left after three innings on Tuesday with what he called "an alignment issue" beneath his shoulder blade. 

After his bullpen session, Strasburg declared himself good enough to pitch either Monday or Tuesday, per the Washington Post. He said he thought the issue was caused by overcompensation after he injured his ankle in spring training. After adjusting his mechanics, he said he's ready to go. 

Manager Matt Williams said that they'll evaluate how Strasburg feels on Sunday before scheduling his next start.


Nats' Stephen Strasburg (shoulder) gets chiropractic adjustment


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/8/2015) Nationals manager Matt Williams said pitcher Stephen Strasburg received a chiropractic adjustment on his shoulder, according to The Washington Times' Tom Schad. 

Strasburg was able to play catch and came away feeling fine. However, it's unknown if Strasburg will be able to make his next schedueld start, which is on Monday against the Diamondbacks. 

“I feel good,” Strasburg said, according to The Washington Post's Chelsea Janes. “Obviously, had the off day. It feels good playing catch. Will throw a bullpen hopefully tomorrow and go from there.”

Strasburg added that after the adjustment any discomfort was alleviated in an instant. 

Strasburg injured his shoulder in his last start against the Marlins on Tuesday. He went three innings before feeling irritation in his shoulder. 


Nationals SP Stephen Strasburg's injury not considered serious


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/7/2015) Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg's shoulder injury is not believed to be serious, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. The injury is more toward the back of the shoulder.

FOX Sports reported Wednesday that Strasburg was forced from his start Tuesday against the Marlins after three innings due to a shoulder cramp.


Report: Stephen Strasburg's shoulder issue was cramp


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5/6/2015) The discomfort Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg experienced in his shoulder during Tuesday's game was just a cramp, a source told Fox Sports.

Strasburg was removed after throwing three innings during Tuesday's loss to the Marlins. He received an adjustment from a chiropractor Wednesday and was throwing on the field after Wednesday’s contest.


Matt Williams says Nats' P Stephen Strasburg has shoulder irritation


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/5/2015) Nationals manager Matt Williams said that starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg was removed from his start Tuesday due to irritation underneath his shoulder blade, the team has announced.

Strasburg exited the game against the Marlins after three innings and 64 pitches for reasons unclear at the time.

"He's got a little issue under his shoulder blade," Williams said. "Had it last start. Could be an alignment issue, but as he finishes pitches it grabs him every once in a while. Tonight it got a little bit worse. So we'll have to have the chiropractor look at him."

Strasburg appeared to have some sort of issue early on as Williams, pitching coach Steve McCatty and the trainer visited the mound in the second inning.

"It's something that's just been lingering and I just felt it more and more," Strasburg said. "I felt like it was something that I felt I could have gone through it, but at this point in the season you just want to get it right and not alter your mechanics too much."

Strasburg remained in the game until his turn at bat in the third inning.

Strasburg gave up both runs in the Nats' 2-1 defeat and took the loss to fall to 2-3 on the season.


Nats SP Stephen Strasburg exits after three innings for unknown reason


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/5/2015) Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg exited his start on Tuesday against the Marlins after three innings, giving up two runs on 64 pitches, with no official reason from the team, reports MLB.com. 

Strasburg appeared to have some sort of issue early on as Nationals manager Matt Williams, pitching coach Steve McCatty and the trainer visited the mound in the second inning for an unknown reason. 

Strasburg remained in the game until his turn at bat in the third inning, as pitcher Doug Fister pinched hit for Strasburg and delivered a single.

The Nationals fell to the Marlins, 2-1, Tuesday and Strasburg suffered the loss to fall to 2-3 on the season.


Nationals' Stephen Strasburg strikes out seven in win vs. Mets


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/30/2015) Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg picked up a win Thursday, allowing two earned runs on six hits and one walk in 5 1/3 innings while striking out seven in his team's 8-2 victory over the Mets.

Strasburg (2-2) fell behind by giving up two runs in the second inning but was otherwise solid, and his offense racked up three runs in the third inning to take the lead, one the team would not relinquish.

Strasburg owns a 4.60 ERA and 30:8 K:BB ratio in 29 1/3 innings through five starts. He's slated to face the Marlins Tuesday.


Nationals' Stephen Strasburg struggles Saturday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/25/2015) Underachieving Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg continued to baffle the baseball world rather than opposing hitters Saturday.

Strasburg maintained his mediocrity in a loss to Miami, yielding four earned runs on eight hits in six innings to lower his record to 1-2 and raise his ERA to 4.88. He struck out six to give him 23 in 24 innings on the year, but he has had three bad outings in four starts.

The right-hander was rolling along through three, but doubles to Martin Prado and Giancarlo Stanton and single by Justin Bour in the fourth resulted in two runs. Three singles and a double play in the sixth doubled the output and all but ended his night.

Strasburg will try against Thursday on the road against the torrid Mets.


Nationals' Stephen Strasburg earns first win of season on Sunday


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/19/2015) After two rough starts to being the season, Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg (1-1) returned to form on Sunday against the Phillies, allowing one run on five hits in 7 1/3 innings to take the win. 

He struck out seven and walked two in the victory. 

"That may be as good as I've seen him. He pitched at 92, 93 [miles per hour] and was able to reach back when he needed it for 95-plus. For me, that makes his changeup even more effective," Nationals manager Matt Williams said after the game, per MLB.com.

"Today, he threw for strikes when he wanted to, went out of the zone when he needed to. I don't know if I've seen him better than that."

The lone run scored off Strasburg came in the eighth inning via an RBI single from Freddy Galvis. 

Next up for Strasburg are the Marlins in Miami on Saturday.


Nats' Stephen Strasburg gives up 10 hits in 5 1/3 innings in no decision


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/15/2015) Stephen Strasburg gave up 10 hits in 5 1/3 innings on Tuesday to the Red Sox, drawing a no decision. 

Strasburg, who threw 109 pitches and struck out five, was touched for a solo home run from Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia. 

After two starts Strasburg's ERA is 6.75. 

Strasburg will look for his first win of the season Sunday against the Phillies.


Nationals' Stephen Strasburg opens season on sour note vs. Mets


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/9/2015) Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg opened the season on a sour note, suffering his first loss of the season Thursday afternoon against the Mets.

Strasburg (0-1) was outdueled by Matt Harvey, who made his long-awaited return from Tommy John surgery. A fielding error by Ian Desmond helped the Mets tack on four runs in the third inning. David Wright singled in two runs in the sixth inning to knock Strasburg out of the game. He said after the game he wasn't frustrated about the sloppy defense, MLB.com reports.

"You can't let those things affect you. Those guys are going to go out there and give you everything they have, every single day," Strasburg said. "That's all I'm expecting because I'm trying to go out there and do the same thing. I know when you face adversity, you want to go out there and pick each other up. I went out there and I tried to do that."

Strasburg permitted six runs -- three earned -- on nine hits and three walks while striking out five over 5 1/3 innings of a 6-3 defeat.

"I thought he pitched well enough to keep us in it. That's for sure." manager Matt Williams said.

The right-hander will look to get back on track Tuesday at Boston. He allowed two earned runs over six innings of work his last time out against Boston in 2012.


Nationals P Stephen Strasburg strikes out 6 in win over Yankees


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/3/2015) Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg struck out six batters in 5 1/3 innings of work during Friday's 8-2 win over the Yankees. 

Strasburg allowed six hits and gave up one earned run during his time in the game. The run came in the fourth inning, when Chase Headley hit an RBI double that scored Jonathan Galvez. Strasburg also surrendered two walks.

This performance gives him a final spring-training ERA of 4.20 in four starts. 

Strasburg is slated to start Thursday against the Mets. 


Nationals' Stephen Strasburg roughed up in start Saturday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/28/2015) Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg is still washing off the effects of a sprained left ankle suffered last week in the weight room. It showed Saturday as Strasburg gave up four runs on four hits, including two home runs, in four innings.

"It's kinda like a trust factor," Strasburg said. "You sprain your ankle really bad you're bracing for it so it's hard to get over that. I didn't really feel anything alarming so it's progress. I've just gotta keep going out there and I'm sure it'll be an afterthought soon."

Strasburg still thinks he has enough time to get his ankle right for his first start of the regular season.

"Yeah, it's going to have to be," Strasburg said. "The thing is you make 33 starts. The biggest thing is having the stamina up there, and I'm just going to go out there and give everything I have and keep plugging along."


Nats' Drew Storen to pitch Friday, Stephen Strasburg on Saturday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/27/2015) Nationals right-handed pitcher Drew Storen is among the pitchers slated to make an appearance in Friday's Grapefruit League game against the Cardinals, and starter Stephen Strasburg will pitch Saturday against the Mets, according to Comcast SportsNet Washington.

It will be Storen's first outing since he underwent surgery to remove the hook of hamate bone from his left hand back on March 13. Strasburg will also make his first appearance since suffering an ankle injury on March 20.


Stephen Strasburg could start at some point this week


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/25/2015) Nationals manager Matt Williams told reporters that pitcher Stephen Strasburg came out of Tuesday's bullpen session without any reported issues with his left ankle, according to MASN Sports. Strasburg is expected to start at some point this week.

Nationals' Stephen Strasburg (ankle) close to rejoining rotation


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/23/2015) Nationals manager Matt Williams said Monday that pitcher Stephen Strasburg (ankle) will throw one more bullpen session before rejoining the rotation, masnsports.com reports.

Strasburg appears to be past the sprained ankle he suffered during conditioning drills Friday and that caused him to miss Sunday's scheduled start. He's thrown 5 2/3 innings this spring, allowing two earned runs and striking out seven.


Nationals' Stephen Strasburg throws light bullpen Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/22/2015) Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg (ankle) threw a light bullpen Sunday without issue, the team announced.

"He's going to be just fine," manager Matt Williams said.

Strasburg was scratched from Sunday's scheduled start after spraining his left ankle in conditioning drills Friday. He has surrendered two earned runs in 5 2/3 innings while striking out seven and walking two in two spring outings.


Nationals' Strasburg to miss start Sunday due to ankle sprain


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/21/2015) Nationals manager Matt Williams said starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg will miss his next scheduled spring start Sunday against the Tigers due to a sprained left ankle, which he suffered during conditioning Friday.

However, Williams added the injury is "not serious" and he needs just a few days of rest. A.J. Cole will start in Strasburg's absence.

Strasburg already missed one spring start due to an ingrown toenail. He is 1-0 with a 3.18 ERA in two spring starts. He also has seven strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings.


Nationals may roll with same spring rotation to start the season


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/19/2015) Nationals manager Matt Williams has yet to decide who his Opening Day starter will be, but CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman suggests he'll keep his "ridiculously stacked pitching rotation" the way he has during spring straining, with former Cy Young winner Max Scherzer the likely choice for the first game of the season.

The Nationals have rolled with Scherzer followed by Jordan Zimmermann, Stephen Strasburg, Doug Fister and Gio Gonzalez this spring.


Nationals' Stephen Strasburg strong in return from toenail issue


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/17/2015) Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg returned to Grapefruit League action Tuesday against the Tigers after making his last start in a minor-league game due to an ingrown toenail. 

Strasburg didn't appear to be slowed at all by his toenail issue, as he tossed four scoreless innings in a 6-4 win. Strasburg (1-0) allowed three hits and no walks, while striking out five.

He lowered his ERA from 10.80 to 3.18 in his second spring start. He has seven strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings.