Stephen Strasburg was making his third begin since coming back from the IL on Tuesday evening in opposition to the Braves.
It did not final lengthy.
Strasburg pitched simply 1 1/3 innings in opposition to Atlanta earlier than he exited with what was deemed a decent proper trapezius, a again muscle that connects to the shoulder and neck. Because of this, Strasburg may have an MRI on the harm Wednesday to find out whether or not he has to return to the IL.
Both approach, it is clear that Strasburg was affected by the illness. Earlier than leaving the sport, Strasburg was averaging simply 89.9 mph on his fastball, his lowest mark of the season. Earlier than Tuesday’s recreation, he had averaged 92.3 mph on his fastballs in 4 begins spanning 20 1/3 innings.
And from the primary batter of the sport, Strasburg seemed to be struggling to maintain his arm free.
Strasburg is within the second season of a seven-year, $245 million contract that he signed after main the Nationals to a World Sequence. He went 5-0 with a 1.98 ERA through the 2019 postseason and received World Sequence MVP for his efforts.
Nevertheless, since that point, he has made simply seven begins and has posted a 1-3 file with a 5.74 ERA. And as supervisor Davey Martinez confirmed, Strasburg’s frustration along with his accidents is rising.
“He is pissed off however I wish to be sure that we do the best factor, for him and for us,” Martinez mentioned, per ESPN.