WASHINGTON — Stephen Strasburg goes again on the injured checklist lower than one week after returning from being sidelined for a yr.
Strasburg, who was scheduled to begin on Tuesday, had skilled discomfort after throwing his bullpen session on Saturday, and he underwent an MRI on Monday. Following the Nationals’ 9-5 loss to the Braves, supervisor Dave Martinez mentioned he may have additional details about Strasburg on Tuesday.
The 33-year-old right-hander had returned to the mound on Thursday, giving up seven runs on eight hits and two walks over 4 2/3 innings towards the Marlins. Aside from fatigue in his legs, Strasburg advised Martinez he felt good following his season debut.
But on Sunday, Strasburg alerted the workforce “he didn’t feel right.”
“We were hoping it was just something that would go away,” Martinez mentioned. “It didn’t. … We don’t know if this is the same issue or not yet, but we’ll know more … as soon as we get the MRI and the doctors read the image. But it stinks, because he was all excited to be back. But hopefully it’s just a minor setback.”
The previous two years have been marred by accidents for Strasburg. His 2020 season was restricted to 5 innings due to carpal tunnel surgical procedure in his proper hand, and the next season was reduce quick at 21 2/3 frames for thoracic outlet surgical procedure. Strasburg rehabbed diligently this spring on the Nationals’ coaching advanced in West Palm Beach, Fla., and he tossed three Minor League rehab begins earlier than being reinstated.
“This is a surgery that, after talking to doctors and trainers, is relatively new and it affects guys differently,” Martinez mentioned of thoracic outlet surgical procedure. “After the surgery, you just kind of see things in a broader spectrum and hope that they come back and they can pitch and all of a sudden they become somewhat the person they were before. But you just don’t know what to expect, you don’t know how long before you get sore. And I’ve seen this before on other guys, and it took them awhile. Some guys, a couple years before they were able to come back and really get over it and pitch. So hopefully, that’s not the case for Stephen. Like I said, this is so different for every pitcher.”
When wholesome, Strasburg can anchor a beginning rotation. After going 5-0 within the postseason and being named 2019 World Series MVP, he inked a seven-year, $245 million contract with the Nationals. Strasburg’s long-term well being outweighs him pitching by discomfort within the here-and-now.
“As I said all along, we’re going to be as careful as possible with him and try to do everything right for Stephen and for this organization moving forward,” Martinez mentioned. “Right now, we’re at those bumpy roads, and we’ll see what happens.”
The Nationals are filling Strasburg’s spot within the beginning rotation on Tuesday by calling up right-hander Jackson Tetreault from Triple-A Rochester to make his Major League debut. Tetreault, 26, is 5-3 with a 4.19 ERA throughout 12 begins (58 innings) this season with the Red Wings. He is on schedule to pitch, having final taken the mound on Tuesday. The Nats chosen Tetreault within the seventh spherical of the 2017 Draft.
“He’s been good,” Martinez mentioned. “He’s got a mix of three different pitches. He throws strikes, which is nice. He’s been doing well down there, so we’re going to give him an opportunity to pitch here.”
Even although Josiah Gray didn’t make his scheduled begin on Monday after the one-hour, 33-minute rain delay, the Nationals are treating his pregame warmup as a bullpen session, so he is not going to be obtainable the next day.
“He will not pitch tomorrow,” Martinez mentioned. “He got hot. He threw, I think, 37 pitches in the bullpen. I mean, he was hot, ready to go.”