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Strasburg placed on the 15-day DL with oblique strain

Jul 5, 2015, 3:17 PM EST

Jul 4, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg (37) throws to the San Francisco Giants during the third inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

The Nationals announced Sunday that right hander Stephen Strasburg has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a left oblique strain.

The injury occurred in Saturday’s game against the Giants, after Strasburg induced a ground ball in the fourth inning and was seen grimacing before being taken out of the game by manager Matt Williams and the training staff.

This is Strasburg’s second trip to the DL this season, a troubling development given that he was starting to resemble his old self prior to his latest setback. In his three starts between DL stints, he went 15 2/3 innings pitched while allowing just two runs and striking out 18 batters.

In a corresponding move, the Nats recalled right hander Taylor Jordan from Triple-A Syracuse.

  1. manassasnatsfan - Jul 5, 2015 at 3:22 PM

    Really don’t need a starter until July 21. They then shortly before July 21 if Strasburg not ready set Joe Ross up to come pitch the 21st.

  2. manassasnatsfan - Jul 5, 2015 at 3:23 PM

    Really don’t need a starter until July 21. They then shortly before July 21 if Strasburg not ready set Joe Ross up to come pitch the 21st sending Jordan back.

    • masterfishkeeper - Jul 5, 2015 at 3:30 PM

      Why not use Roark as a starter? He’s more proven than Ross. And I’d like to see Scherzer get more rest, for the reasons Ghost posted in the last thread.

      • kkolchak - Jul 5, 2015 at 3:47 PM

        MLB.com is reporting that Roark has indeed been reinserted into the rotation.

      • natslive - Jul 5, 2015 at 4:24 PM

        I’d rather see Ross as a starter and keep Roark in the BP – think he’s more valuable there than starting…based on his 3 starts I’d really like to see more of Ross

  3. drewstewart - Jul 5, 2015 at 3:24 PM

    Trade him.

  4. sjberke - Jul 5, 2015 at 3:48 PM

    I think expecting SS back after a little more than two weeks is more wishful thinking than anything else. Remember Rendon from spring training? Remember Mike Morse in 2012? Stras is likely to be out a month at least, and more likely two months than two weeks.

    • NatsLady - Jul 5, 2015 at 4:04 PM

      Agree. 6-8 weeks standard for an oblique. Stras should rest until mid-August, then throw a couple of rehab games and get on the Spetember roster, throw maybe 3-4 starts in September. Then hope for the best in October.

      • virginiascopist - Jul 5, 2015 at 4:06 PM

        Is a strained oblique what Fister had last year at the end of spring training that kept him on the DL for I think about five weeks?

      • masterfishkeeper - Jul 5, 2015 at 4:16 PM

        No, I think Fister had a lat injury, or something like that.

  5. stoatva - Jul 5, 2015 at 3:53 PM

    Barves and Philthies scoreless in the eighth. Shocking, I know.

    • stoatva - Jul 5, 2015 at 4:24 PM

      Nine complete, scoreless. First and third, one out, neither Ciriaco nor Uribe can plate the run for the Barves.

      • virginiascopist - Jul 5, 2015 at 4:44 PM

        And the Atlanta bullpen strikes again.

  6. unkyd59 - Jul 5, 2015 at 4:07 PM

    I like Roark in the pen, for this season… We have a couple of reasonable options to spot start, but who else has been as money as Tanner, in the two+ inning relief role?

  7. Sec 3, My Sofa - Jul 5, 2015 at 4:45 PM

    As has been pointed out, they didn’t need a fifth starter for more than 15 days. So they must expect this to take longer than that.

  8. Nats Fan Zee - Jul 5, 2015 at 4:55 PM

    Stephen Strasburg for all intents and purposes has not pitched effectually since the end of April pitching past the 5th inning only once. He is clearly hurt and perhaps has multiple injuries and/or injuries compounding injuries. It’s clearly too soon in his development to bring Joe Ross up full time so the answer is Tanner Roark (which is a great answer in my book).

    Strasburg, Rendon, Zimmerman, McLouth, Werth and whatever other members of the walking wounded should stay on the DL until they are COMPLETELY healed. We don’t not need any of these players getting reinjured AGAIN. In the mean time, at the current pace, Desi will fall 2 short of the NL K record for SS in a single season. Current leader is Jose Hernadez with 188 … he also hit .288 with 73 RBI’s that year.

  9. rlndtln - Jul 5, 2015 at 6:51 PM

    Everybody wants Mx to get more rest,Stras take a couple of months off,Rendon,RZIM, Werth no rush back.The Mets are a scary team that just might be a big problem while our guys take there time coming back.What the heck is going on with all these injuries that never heal.We have not had the real team for very long in 2 years.By the time the big 4 get back ,2 more will be out.This is a joke.

    • jfmii - Jul 6, 2015 at 9:56 AM

      I guess the Mets don’t miss Wright and Wheeler. Cuddyer is banged up. Murphy had a stint on the DL. Ain’t just the Nationals.

  10. Guapo - Jul 6, 2015 at 8:02 AM

    Very sad to see this happen, again. 5th DL stint in a 6 year career, and players don’t get healthier as they age.

    Even more disappointing this time around as it looked like SS had gotten a good handle on his mechanics.

    It will be very interesting to see how his FA process plays out in the future. At this point, would be very hard fro a GM to invest long term, big money in a pitcher with such a history of durability problems.

    • therealjohnc - Jul 6, 2015 at 10:56 AM

      See, “5th DL stint in a 6 year career” is factually correct but incredibly misleading. Between his TJ surgery in 2010 Strasburg has been a horse. In 2011 he worked himself back to the big leagues right on the regular timetable. In 2012 of course he was shut down for prospective reasons, not because of an injury. And that looked wise as he piled up 64 starts over 2013 and 2014 while other TJ pitchers (looking at you Kris Medlen) went back on the shelf.

      He’s certainly had some issues this season, but to say that he’s got a “history of durability problems” is simply factually incorrect. He led the staff in innings pitched last season, and over 2013-2014 is only 14 IP behind Jordan Zimmermann for most innings pitched.

      As Denard Span would say: “c’mon, man!”

      • therealjohnc - Jul 6, 2015 at 10:57 AM

        Of course that should be “since his TJ surgery in 2010.” Edit function, stat!

      • Guapo - Jul 6, 2015 at 11:28 AM

        So if you were w GM, you’d consider Stras a safe bet as someone who could be a dominant, durable, top of the rotation guy worth betting the near term future of your franchise on?

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