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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%: 97/68 | Average Draft Position: 15.76
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Nationals SP Stephen Strasburg sharp in start


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(6/28/2015) Stephen Strasburg had his second straight solid outing since returning from the disabled list, going seven innings to even his record at 5-5 as the Nationals edged the Phillies on Sunday. 

Strasburg made just one mistake in allowing a home run to Philadelphia's Jeff Francoeur, but otherwise was on his game, at times reaching 99 mph on the radar gun as he threw a season-high 113 pitches. 

The Nationals starter allowed just four hits while striking out a season-high nine batters, and also lowered his ERA to 5.49. 


Nationals vs. Phillies rained out, will play doubleheader Sunday


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(6/27/2015) The Nationals matchup against the Phillies was rained out on Saturday before the bottom of the second inning. The team's will play a doubleheader on Sunday.

Nationals starter Gio Gonzalez was able to throw an inning, in which he allowed a hit. Adam Morgan allowed three hits over the two innings he managed to throw.

Phillies starter Kevin Correia will throw in the first game of Sunday's doubleheader. Stephen Strasburg is projected to start for the Nationals.


Nationals SP Stephen Strasburg earns win Tuesday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(6/24/2015) Pitching in his first game since returning from the disabled list, Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg pitched well enough to earn his fourth win of season during Tuesday's 3-1 win over the Braves.

Strasburg tossed five scoreless innings to earn the win. He also struck out six and walked one. Strasburg (4-5) now has a 5.90 ERA.

"Sometimes you just have to take a step back to realize how bad it was," Strasburg said, per The Washington Post. "Once I did, I was able to get back to what my body was supposed to feel like instead of just trying to mentally grind through it. I feel a lot stronger and a lot more consistent now."

Strasburg was making his first start since May 29 when he went on the disabled list with a neck injury. His next expected start is scheduled for Sunday at Philadelphia.


Nationals reinstate SP Stephen Strasburg for Tuesday start


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/23/2015) The Nationals have announced that right-hander Stephen Strasburg has been activated off the disabled list and will start Tuesday night against Atlanta.

Strasburg has completed his rehab from a neck injury that prevented him from pitching since May 29.

Not that he was pitching well previously. Strasburg, who has struggled at times since the ballyhooed start to his big-league career, hit rock-bottom in May. He allowed 16 runs on 22 hits in 13 innings over his last four starts.

He returns with a 6.55 ERA that is more than double what he has compiled in any full season.


Nationals SP Stephen Strasburg likely to make next start in bigs


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/20/2015) Matt Williams has declared that there is "no reason why" Nationals struggling right-hander Stephen Strasburg can't make his next start in the big leagues after coming out of a bullpen session feeling fine.

Strasburg, who has been out with a strained arm for three weeks after a brutal stretch on the mound, last started for Double-A Harrisburg on Wednesday. That would line him up to pitch next week against Atlanta.


Nationals P Stephen Strasburg to follow rehab start with bullpen


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(6/18/2015) Nationals manager Matt Williams said pitcher Stephen Strasburg felt good following his rehab start on Wednesday, according to The Washington Post's Chelsea Janes. 

The plan will be for Strasburg to toss a bullpen in the next couple of days and then decide what's next from there. Strasburg struck out six batters in his rehab outing with Double-A Harrisburg. 

Strasburg has a neck injury that landed him on the disabled list. 


Nationals SP Stephen Strasburg strikes out six in first rehab start


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/17/2015) Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg (neck) kicked off a rehab assignment with Double-A Harrisburg on Wednesday. The right-hander allowed two runs (one earned) on four hits and no walks in five innings.

Strasburg struck out six batters, while throwing 48 of 71 pitches for strikes.

"I feel really good and I feel strong. Definitely could’ve gone back out there for a few," Strasburg said, per MASNsports.com. 

Strasburg threw more pitches in the bullpen after his outing. He also said he wasn't sure what the team's plans are for him after Wednesday's start.

"Not sure. Just taking it one day at a time. Get back with the team and get ready for the next start wherever it is," he said. "It’s always tough when you’re part of a team that’s grinding through a season so hopefully I can get back and contribute soon.

"Obviously what I was doing wasn’t really working to my standards and now there’s something to shoot for, something to strive for."


Nationals' Stephen Strasburg to make rehab start Wednesday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/15/2015) Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg will begin a rehab assignment with Double-A Harrisburg on Wednesday. Strasburg has been on the disabled list since late May due to a left trapezius strain.

Nationals manager Matt Williams said Strasburg might need just one rehab start before joining the rotation since his pitch count is fairly built up, per MASNsports.com. The right-hander is having a rough season, going 3-5 with a 6.55 ERA in 10 starts.


SP Stephen Strasburg (trapezius) throws live BP for Nationals


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(6/12/2015) Stephen Strasburg, who has been sidelined with a trapezius sprain since May 30, threw a live batting practice session for the Nationals on Friday, another positive step in his recovery from the injury, per MLB.com. 

Earlier in the week, Strasburg proclaimed himself fine after throwing a bullpen session and manager Matt Williams indicated the BP might be the final stage before sending Strasburg out on a rehab assignment. 

Strasburg is 3-5 with a 6.55 ERA in 10 starts this season, and had allowed 16 runs in his last 13 innings before heading to the DL. 


Nationals SP Stephen Strasburg throws bullpen session Tuesday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(6/9/2015) Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg was able to throw another bullpen session Tuesday without any issues, reports The Washington Post.

Strasburg's next step is to throw a live batting practice session later this week and then make a rehab start, according to manager Matt Williams. Strasburg has been on the disabled list with a strain in his arm.

"He felt good coming out of it," Williams said, per MLB.com. "If he feels good in the next couple of days, we can move to a live BP-type of situation for his progression."


Nationals' Strasburg tosses first 'pen session since landing on DL


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/6/2015) Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg used all of his pitches in a 30-pitch bullpen session prior to Saturday's game against the Cubs. It was his first session off a mound since landing on the disabled list. Though Strasburg did not feel any issues afterward, the team will see how his left trapezius strain feels on Sunday before determining the next steps in a plan for his return, manager Matt Williams said, per the Washington Post

Nationals SP Stephen Strasburg working to fix mechanics


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/5/2015) Nationals shelved starter Stephen Strasburg is trying to kill two birds with one stone. While he works on recovering from a left trapezius strain, he is also tinkering with his mechanics.

Strasburg has played catch on flat ground, but not yet off the rubber, after being placed on the disabled list Saturday. He believes he might have subconsciously altered his mechanics, skewing the alignment of his delivery, due to a sprained ankle sustained in spring training.

The right-hander has been a mess most of the year, but particularly in recent starts. He allowed 16 runs in his last 13 innings covering four starts as his ERA catapulted from 4.73 to 6.55.


Nationals P Stephen Strasburg (trapezius) plays catch again Thursday


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(6/4/2015) After a successful session on Wednesday, Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg played catch again on Thursday, according to MASN Sports. 

Strasburg was placed on the 15-day disabled list last weekend due to a left trapezius strain. There isn't a timetable for his return at this time, though the fact he's been able to play catch two days in a row is encouraging. 

Strasburg is 3-5 with a 6.55 ERA in 10 starts. 


Nationals SP Stephen Strasburg throws off flat ground


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/3/2015) Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg threw off a flat ground on Wednesday, as he continues to work his way back from a left trapezius strain. According to the Washington Times, the team will know more about the next step n his recovery process, depending on how he feels a day removed from throwing.

Strasburg landed on the disabled list after exiting Friday's start with what was deemed as neck tightness. The right-hander is off to a rough start this season, posting a 6.55 ERA in his first 10 starts.


Nationals' Strasburg won't throw until left trapezius strain is healed


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/2/2015) After undergoing further evaluation, the Nationals' original diagnosis of a left trapezius strain for starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg has been confirmed, manager Matt Williams told reporters Tuesday.

Williams said Strasburg won't throw until the injury is healed, but he might only be down for a matter of days, per CSNwashington.com.

“We have to make sure we determine what it is and fix it,” Williams said. “Whatever’s causing that in his back, we have to see if we can fix it, then get him back out there and allow him to be free and easy and pitch and do what he does best.”

Strasburg went on the 15-day disabed list Saturday after pitching just one inning Friday at Cincinnati. The right-hander is having a tough start to the season, as he is 3-5 with a 6.55 ERA in 10 starts. He has been plagued by poor fastball command through the first two months.

“We’ve looked at it extensively,” Williams said. “[Pitching coach Steve McCatty] has looked at it, all the video. There’s minor adjustments that guys make during the course of a season, but nothing that glares at us that he’s changed or that’s drastically different, no.”


Nationals place struggling SP Stephen Strasburg on DL


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/30/2015) The Nationals have announced that they have placed embattled starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg on the 15-day disabled list with neck tightness, which became an issue in his one-inning outing Friday night.

Taylor Hill has been promoted from Triple-A Syracuse to take his roster spot.

Strasburg, who has also been plagued by shoulder pain this season, has scuffled all year on the mound. He has not pitched more than 5 1/3 innings in any of his last six starts and is 3-5 with a terrible 6.55 ERA. He has allowed 64 hits in 45 1/3 innings. He was removed one batter into the second inning Friday at Cincinnati.

The right-hander has not shown typical signs of injury. His fastball remains consistently at 95 mph, which indicates that there is nothing wrong with his arm. But his mechanics and command have been an issue thoughout.


Nationals SP Stephen Strasburg exits Friday with neck tightness


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/29/2015) Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg was removed from Friday's start against the Reds in the bottom of the second inning with neck muscle tightness. Strasburg threw one inning had allowed a solo home run to Joey Votto prior to his departure.

The right-hander, who has experienced back and shoulder pain this season, will be evaluated on Saturday before the team makes any decision, according to MLB.com. His next start, tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, is very much up in the air at this point.

"We'll see how he is tomorrow," said manager Matt Williams, per MLB.com. "We'll see what he shows up with. This [injury] is new, so we have to address it."

"I don't know why. I felt fine the first inning," Strasburg said. "Once I sat down in the second, I felt it kind of tighten up. I put some hot stuff on it, and it just progressed. It's really hard to turn my head to the left. It was something where I couldn't ... be effective. I didn't want to push it too much."


Nationals SP Stephen Strasburg exits Friday's start after one inning


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/29/2015) Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg left his start against the Reds in the bottom of the second inning with an apparent injury. Strasburg, who gave up a run and two hits in an inning of work, was seen heading to the clubhouse with the trainer, though no official word has been given by the team.

Strasburg has been dealing with back and shoulder ailments over the last several weeks. Taylor Jordan replaced him in the bottom of the second. 

Strasburg is tenatively scheduled to start Wednesday against the Blue Jays, though there is no indication as to whether or not he will miss that start.


Nats' Williams on Strasburg: He's healthy but struggling with command


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/27/2015) It has been a frustrating start to the season for Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg, who is 3-5 with a 6.50 ERA through his first nine starts.

His ERA has not been lower than 4.50 after a start this season, and manager Matt Williams pinpoints the right-hander's issues on not having a good feel for his fastball.

"The issue has been fastball command," Williams told MLB Network Radio on Wednesday. "The command hasn't been there. For all intents and purposes, he's healthy."


National SP Stephen Strasburg struggles again on Saturday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/23/2015) Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg's struggles continued in Saturday's 8-1 loss to the Phillies. Strasburg could not get out of the fourth inning, allowing six runs (five earned) on seven hits in 3 2/3 innings. He walked one and struck out three, as his ERA rose to 6.50.

Strasburg allowed a two-run home run to Maikel Franco as part of a four-run third inning. Strasburg's defense didn't do him any favors, committing four errors on the afternoon. 

This makes five consecutive starts in which Strasburg was unable to pitch at least six innings. He'll look to turn the tides in his next start, currently scheduled for Friday in Cincinnati.

Manager Matt Williams envoked confidence in the young right hander after the game. 

"We're not concerned. He's one of our guys. He's been one of our guys, he'll continue to be one of our guys," Williams told the Washington Times.


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.