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Strasburg leaves early due to injury

Jul 4, 2015, 12:49 PM EDT

Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg (37) throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants at Nationals Park, Saturday, July 4, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

For the second time this season, Stephen Strasburg left a start abruptly. Strasburg, who missed 25 days with neck tightness after he was pulled from his May 29 start at Cincinnati after just one inning, left Saturday’s start against San Francisco after 3 2/3 innings.

Strasburg, who had allowed just one hit, retired Buster Posey on a ground out to second, and manager Matt Williams, pitching coach Steve McCatty and trainer Lee Kuntz went to the mound. After discussing it with the 26-year-old right-hander, Strasburg left.

He was replaced by Tanner Roark.

  1. tcostant - Jul 4, 2015 at 12:53 PM

    The rotation was just shaping up too…

  2. TheBigDummy - Jul 4, 2015 at 2:44 PM

    Get wellsoonn Stephen.

    In the mean time, do we call up Joe Cool before the break or let Roark and the bullpen chug through SS’ next scheduled start?

    • masterfishkeeper - Jul 4, 2015 at 3:53 PM

      The Nats have an off day Thursday, so could go without a fifth starter, but that would mean Scherzer would pitch Sunday and then not be able to pitch in the All-Star game. My guess is that they either call up Ross or activate Barrett and have Roark take Strasburg’s spot in the rotation.

      • letswin3 - Jul 4, 2015 at 4:03 PM

        I’m not sure what to do … other than show no respect whatever for Scherzer getting to pitch in the AS game. One regular season win is more important than a couple of innings in the AS game.

  3. rlndtln - Jul 4, 2015 at 8:57 PM

    MW should go to a 4 man rotation and would not need a 5th starter until July21 ,17 days from now which is longer than if Stras went on the 15 day dl.By then he would know how his injury is progressing.Only bad things can happen at the AS game.We are trying to win a division.If Max pitches sunday he can come back on normal rest and start the 2nd half on friday.If he pitches in the AS game he would not pitch until sunday and we would lose nearly 2 starts from our Ace.This is a no brainer but wait we are dealing with MW.

  4. Sec 3, My Sofa - Jul 4, 2015 at 9:14 PM

    Scherzer probably has contractual reasons ($$) for wanting to be named to the ASG, not to mention personal pride of accomplishment.

  5. rlndtln - Jul 4, 2015 at 9:25 PM

    Scherzer will get any bonus for making the team.That is not an issue.Personal pride is winning the World Series that starts with a division title.

  6. rlndtln - Jul 4, 2015 at 9:26 PM

    He will be in Cincinnati.

  7. manassasnatsfan - Jul 5, 2015 at 1:17 PM

    The last three Strasburg has looked like the Strasburg we were expecting. So take the time needed to fix this issue. The adjustment of holdings hands lower seemed to correct the opening up problem he was having.

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