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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: 5 | Salary: $3,900,000 | Owned/Started%: 97/87 | Average Draft Position: 15.86
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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.


Nationals manager Matt Williams still weighing options for opener


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/16/2015) Nationals manager Matt Williams has not decided on who his Opening Day starter will be, noting that all five of his pitchers -- Stephen Strasburg, Jordan Zimmermann, Max Scherzer, Doug Fister and Gio Gonzalez -- deserve a chance, per MLB.com.

"A lot goes into it," Williams said. "There's matchups. There is health in the spring. If anybody is a little bit cranky, we want to make sure we back off in that regard. There are three off-days leading up to the regular season. So if we have a hiccup here or there with anybody -- we saw that with Doug last year. … All those things go into it. Track record goes into, knowledge of the [the opponents].

"How they line up is irrelevant when you get past the first [turn through the] rotation anyway," Williams said. "But it's an honor for the guy that's gets chosen [for the Opening Day] start. Everybody wants to get off on the right foot in your first game -- great momentum and all those wonderful things. But if you don't win that first game, it doesn't mean you are dead. You go to the next one."


Nationals' Strasburg to pitch in minor-league game Thursday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/11/2015) Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg, who has an ingrown toenail, will make his start Thursday in a minor-league game, manager Matt Williams said Wednesday. A.J. Cole will start in place of Strasburg in Thursday's spring game against the Mets.

"He's a little bit sore moving around, running around," Williams said, per MLB.com. "He's perfectly fine."

Strasburg allowed two runs on three hits and two walks in 1 2/3 innings in his spring debut last week against the Cardinals. He struck out two.


Nationals' Stephen Strasburg knocked around in second inning


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/7/2015) After pitching a perfect first inning, Stephen Strasburg got batted around in the second inning of his spring debut for the Nationals. 

Strasburg retired the Cardinals in order in the first inning, throwing nine strikes in 12 pitches. He wasn't able to complete the second inning, however, giving up two runs and leaving after hitting his 40-pitch limit with two outs. 

Strasburg finished with a line of 1.2 innings, three hits, two earned runs, two walks and two strikeouts. Twenty six of his 40 pitches were strikes. 

He told Comcast Sportsnet Mid Atlantic's Mark Zuckerman that he was happy with his command of his fastball and curve, but his changeup was cutting on him. 

Strasburg's fastball hit 94 MPH in the game. 


Stephen Strasburg wants to stay with Nationals


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(2/27/2015) Though Stephen Strasburg's agent Scott Boras denied a report that he wanted to be traded in January, the right-handed pitcher said himself that he wants to remain with the Nationals and has no issues with the organization. 

"I haven't said anything like that," Strasburg said in an interview with MLB.com. "I don't feel like that. You have to accept it because that's how the system works. It's like they pick up on any little thing and they twist it. Some people want to turn it to see how many clicks they can get on the webpage."

Strasburg is set to be the ace of a deep rotation that looks to be on of the best in baseball this coming season. With the Nationals winning their second divisional title in the past three seasons, Strasburg said he's happy with the organization. 

"It's the team that drafted me. I love the players here, I love D.C. Winning cures everything, that's for sure," Strasburg said. "I'm excited to be part of the resurgence so far. It's great to see the type of players we bring in here every year. The expectations keep going up and up. Hopefully, we can do big things this year."


Agent Boras denies report Nationals' Strasburg wants to be traded


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/21/2015) Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg isn't eligible for free agency until after the 2016 season, but a report surfaced this week claiming Strasburg is available in a trade and open to leaving Washington.

However, Strasburg's agent -- Scott Boras -- made sure to deny the report Wednesday at the press conference of another one of his clients -- Max Scherzer, who just signed a seven-year deal with the Nationals.

“We don’t know where that came from,” Boras said Wednesday, per The Washington Times. “Stephen Strasburg wants to play here and wants to be with Max Scherzer and grow. I don’t know who the writer was, but the writer certainly never called us and he never called Stephen.”

The Nationals selected Strasburg with the No. 1 pick in the 2009 MLB draft. He made the All-Star team in 2012 and is 43-30 with a 3.02 ERA in five MLB seasons.


Nationals, RHP Stephen Strasburg avoid arbitration


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1/16/2015) The Nationals have agreed to terms with right-hander Stephen Strasburg, avoiding arbitration for the 2015 season, per the team's official website. According to the Washington Post, Strasburg will receive $7.4 million in 2015. He made $3.975 million in 2014.

Strasburg, 26, registered an 3.14 ERA, a 1.12 WHIP and 242:43 K:BB ratio over 34 starts (215 innings) in 2014. He lost his only start in the postseason, coughing up two runs -- one earned -- over five innings of work. He has a career 3.02 ERA through his first five seasons in the majors.


Nationals tender contracts to 10 players


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(12/2/2014) The Nationals announced they tendered contracts to the following arbitration-eligible players: Jerry Blevins, Tyler Clippard, Ross Detwiler, Danny Espinosa, Doug Fister, Jose Lobaton, Wilson Ramos, Craig Stammen, Drew Storen and Stephen Strasburg.

Stephen Strasburg lasts five innings in postseason debut


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/3/2014) Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg lasted just five innings in his postseason debut Friday. 

Strasburg proved to be hittable during the outing, giving up eight hits to the Giants. Strasburg attempted to limit the damage, as all eight hits were singles. Despite that, the Giants were able to strike in both the third and fourth innings. With men in scoring position, Joe Panik singled home a run in the third. Brandon Belt managed to do the same with a man on second the following inning.

Strasburg finished allowing two runs on eight hits over five innings. He struck out two and walked one during the outing. Strasburg was saddled with the loss.


Nationals tab Stephen Strasburg to start NLDS opener vs. Giants


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/2/2014) Nationals manager Matt Williams announced Thursday starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg will start the NLDS opener against the Giants. Jordan Zimmermann will start the second game and Doug Fister will start the third game.

Stephen Strasburg twirls six innings of two-hit ball


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/27/2014) Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg twirled six innings of two-hit ball Saturday afternoon at home against Miami, improving to 14-11 on the year. The right-hander issued one walk and struck out seven in a 5-1 victory. Of his 83 pitches, 55 were strikes.

Strasburg ends his regular season campaign with a 3.14 ERA, a 1.12 WHIP and 242:43 K:BB ratio over 34 starts (215 innings). His next start will come in the postseason.


Nationals set end-of-season rotation plans


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/24/2014) The Nationals announced the team's rotation plans after Wednesday's game was rained out.

Blake Treinen will pitch the first game of Thursday's doubleheader against the Mets followed by Gio Gonzalez, who was scheduled to pitch Wednesday. On Friday, Doug Fister and Taylor Hill, who will be called up before the game, will pitch during the Nationals' second doubleheader in two days. Stephen Strasburg remains the probable starter for Saturday, while Jordan Zimmermann is scheduled to pitch the season finale Sunday after having his previously scheduled start pushed back due to a shoulder issue.


Stephen Strasburg continues strong late-season stretch


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(9/21/2014) Stephen Strasburg tossed seven scoreless innings against the Marlins on his way to his 13th win of the season on Sunday. In holding the Marlins to just three hits and two walks, Strasburg turned in his eighth start out his last 11 in which he has allowed no more than one earned run.

Strasburg struck out five batters in the Nationals' 2-1 victory. He improved his record to 13-11 and his ERA to 3.23. He is next scheduled to face the Marlins again on Friday.


Stephen Strasburg gets back on track with a gem vs. Atlanta


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/15/2014) Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg bounced back with a gem Monday night against the Braves in Atlanta, improving to 12-11 on the year. The right-hander permitted five hits and no walks while striking out seven over seven scoreless innings of work.

Strasburg has not allowed a run in three of his last 10 starts. He owns a 3.34 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP over 32 starts (202 innings). His next start will come Saturday at Miami.

Stephen Strasburg strikes out eight in loss vs. Braves


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/10/2014) Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg took a loss Wednesday, giving up three earned runs on seven hits in six innings while striking out eight in his team's 6-2 defeat against the Braves.

Strasburg (11-11) pitched four scoreless innings before surrendering a solo home run in the fifth, and the Braves were able to tack two more runs on in his sixth and final frame. On a positive note, he didn't walk a batter for the third straight start. Strasburg owns a 3.46 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 223:40 K:BB ratio in 195 innings. He's scheduled to face the Braves again Monday.


Bullpen implosion costs Stephen Strasburg chance for win


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/5/2014) Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg pitched well enough to win Friday, but the bullpen let him down in a 9-8 extra-innings loss to the Phillies.

Strasburg got plenty of early help and appeared set to cruise to victory, as he allowed just one run in six innings of work. However, he was lifted after 95 pitches, and the bullpen proceeded to meltdown, forcing Strasburg to settle for the no-decision.

Strasburg struck out five batters and walked none in the game, his second straight without issue a walk. He has an 11-10 record and 3.43 ERA heading into his next start, set for Wednesday against the Braves.  


Stephen Strasburg sets team's single-season strikeout record vs. M's


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/31/2014) Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg dominated the Mariners in Seattle on Saturday, scattering one run on six hits over 7 2/3 innings of work to improve to 11-10 on the year. He struck out eight and did not issue a walk. Of his 95 pitches, 69 were strikes.

Strasburg also broke the team's single-season record of 207 strikeouts set by Gio Gonzalez two years ago. He owns a 3.49 ERA, a 1.19 WHIP and 210:40 K:BB ratio in 183 innings. He will make his next start Friday at home against Philadelphia.

Stephen Strasburg gives up five runs in no-decision Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/24/2014) Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg wasn't a factor in the decision Sunday, allowing five earned runs on eight hits and two walks in four innings and striking out four in his team's 14-6 win over the Giants.

Strasburg surrendered solo home runs in the first and second innings before running into further trouble in the third, where he allowed three more runs to fall behind 5-0. His offense was able to storm back and eventually take the lead with a six-run sixth inning. Strasburg owns a 3.59 ERA and 202:40 K:BB ratio in 175 1/3 innings. He's scheduled to face the Mariners Saturday.