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Boras: Strasburg had benign growth removed from back

Nov 11, 2015, 7:56 PM EDT

AP

Stephen Strasburg is doing well after having a non-cancerous growth surgically removed from his back in October, according to his agent Scott Boras.

Boras, who was speaking to reporters Wednesday at the GM Meetings in Florida, said that the growth caused discomfort while Strasburg pitched.

The medical update provides some clarity to the 27-year-old right hander’s May stint on the 15-day disabled list, when he was listed as having “neck tightness” that sidelined him until late June. At that point, he was having uncharacteristically rough start to his year, going 3-5 with a 6.55 ERA in 10 outings.

After his return, however, he looked like the old Strasburg, owning a 6-2 record after the All-Star break with a 1.90 ERA while compiling 92 strikeouts to just eight walks. Though it was a tale of two campaigns, he finished 11-7 with a 3.46 ERA, which wound up being not too far off from his career norms for a single season.

So with the root cause of his neck/back pain potentially behind him and 2016 being the final year of his contract with the Nats, is Strasburg primed for his best season yet?

  1. Sonny G 10 - Nov 11, 2015 at 8:25 PM

    Oh my gosh! So that’s what part of his problem was. I wonder if they knew about the growth this past spring. Hope he recovers well and has a dynamite season in 2016 and we resign him to an extension.

  2. natsrule - Nov 11, 2015 at 8:29 PM

    Perhaps the new medical staff discovered this issue?

    • natsred4dndc - Nov 12, 2015 at 12:15 AM

      Just to be clear that you can’t hang any blame for this on the old staff:
      A. There isn’t a new medical staff yet.
      B. The surgery was a month ago, so almost immediately after the season ended, and thus was discovered during the tenure of the old medical staff.

  3. Drew - Nov 11, 2015 at 9:09 PM

    If anyone’s desperate for a fix, 2b Chris Bostick and c Spencer Kieboom are in the AFL game airing on the MLB network.

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Nov 11, 2015 at 11:36 PM

      Thanks! Just in time for the last few innings.

  4. trfwans - Nov 11, 2015 at 10:08 PM

    Any truth to the rumor that this “benign growth” was shaped like a monkey?

    • Sonny G 10 - Nov 11, 2015 at 10:51 PM

      Ha! Ha! That’s pretty clever. 🙂

  5. rabbit433 - Nov 12, 2015 at 5:28 AM

    This growth was, more than likely, a lipoma. They are harmless fat deposits under the skin.

    • chazzmichaelmichaelzz - Nov 12, 2015 at 12:02 PM

      “‘muscular’ in origin” suggests maybe was a myoma (maybe rhabdomyoma)?

  6. rgsie - Nov 12, 2015 at 6:56 AM

    This kid is beautiful. The Nats should never let him go!!!

  7. adcwonk - Nov 12, 2015 at 9:55 AM

    Man, this really ruins the narrative that he’s fragile in mind and body . . . 😉

  8. jeffreycbullock - Nov 13, 2015 at 1:08 PM

    If his season had spiraled out of control, I’m sure someone would’ve suggested surgery for the big growth on his shoulders.

  9. bababooeytoyouall - Nov 13, 2015 at 1:44 PM

    If Strasburg was to rid himself of a cancerous growth, he’d switch agents.

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