OUTStephen Strasburg
SP WSH
1 month ago

Strasburg (elbow) is expected to be ready for spring training, Jon Morosi of FOX Sports reports.

EDGE Analysis

Per Strasburg's agent, Scott Boras, the right-hander should be able to go through his normal throwing routine this offseason in preparation for spring training. Strasburg got off to a brilliant start in 2016, going 13-0 to begin the campaign, but he struggled to a 10.19 ERA in August before going down with elbow soreness. He tried to get back onto a mound last week but his bullpen session was cut short due to renewed discomfort in the elbow.

OUTStephen Strasburg
SP WSH
2 months ago

Strasburg (elbow) won't be available to pitch against the Cubs if the Nationals advance to the NLCS, Matthew Leach of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Strasburg hadn't been progressing quickly through his rehab and experienced discomfort during Monday's workout, so the news that he won't be available if Washington advances to the NLCS comes as no surprise. There's yet to be word as to when he'll return to his throwing program, but information regarding the righty should be available in the near future.

OUTStephen Strasburg
SP WSH
2 months ago

Strasburg's Monday bullpen session was cut short due to what manager Dusty Baker described as "a little discomfort," Todd Dybas of The Washington Times reports.

EDGE Analysis

Baker downplayed the setback, emphasizing the word "discomfort" and adding "it's no thing," but it is at least mildly concerning that Strasburg was unable to complete Monday's session, even though he did still throw around 31 of a scheduled 35 pitches. It remains to be seen what effect this will have on Strasburg's status for the rest of the postseason, but it could push back the date of his potential return to game action, and could lead to him being shut down altogether.

OUTStephen Strasburg
SP WSH
2 months ago

Strasburg (elbow) threw from flat ground Sunday, Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post reports.

EDGE Analysis

Strasburg is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Monday, as long as he feels fine following Sunday's workout. Although he's been ramping up his throwing activity recently, there's yet to be a clear indication that he'll be able to contribute to Washington's postseason efforts.

OUTStephen Strasburg
SP WSH
2 months ago

Strasburg (elbow) threw a bullpen session Friday for the first time since injuring his elbow, Jamal Collier of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

This is great news for the Nationals, as the stud pitcher has been sidelined since the beginning of September due to this ailment. Strasburg likely won't be able to pitch in the NLDS, but if his bullpen sessions continue to go well, he could return in a limited capacity for the NLCS and/or the World Series if the Nationals were to advance that far.

OUTStephen Strasburg
SP WSH
2 months ago

General Manager Mike Rizzo said that it is unlikely Strasburg (elbow) will be able to pitch in the National League Divisional Series, Chase Hughes of CSN Mid-Atlantic reports.

EDGE Analysis

Strasburg is making steady progress in his rehabilitation, as he threw from 90 feet today according to the Washington Post's Chelsea Janes, but it seems that Strasburg is still a good distance away from appearing in any capacity for the Nationals. It's unclear if he would be available later in the postseason should the Nationals make it that far, but this news definitely writes him off for the rest of the regular season. The right-hander's status going forward should become clearer as he progresses through his rehab program.

OUTStephen Strasburg
SP WSH
3 months ago

Strasburg (elbow) is in the process of getting a second opinion on what has been diagnosed as a strained flexor mass, the Washington Post's Chelsea Janes reports. He received a PRP injection in his elbow Friday.

EDGE Analysis

Pitchers getting a second opinion on notable arm injuries is pretty standard procedure, so this isn't necessarily a red flag, but the whole situation is still pretty concerning. It's unclear if he will be able to return during the regular season, although if the results of his second opinion are made known, a clearer timetable could be made available. Joe Ross could return to the Nationals' rotation next weekend, which will help make up for this huge loss in the short term.

OUTStephen Strasburg
SP WSH
3 months ago

Strasburg (elbow) was diagnosed with a strained flexor mass, Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post reports.

EDGE Analysis

Fortunately for the club, Thursday's MRI revealed no damage to Strasburg's UCL. At this point in time, there's no timetable for his return, but surgery shouldn't be necessary to get him back on the mound. Nationals trainer Paul Lessard said Strasburg's injury isn't season-ending and that he'll begin strengthening exercises once the swelling reduces.

OUTStephen Strasburg
SP WSH
3 months ago

The initial examination of Strasburg's elbow has the club optimistic that his injury isn't severe, Jon Heyman of FanRagSports.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

A more definitive diagnosis and return plan should be available in the near future, as Strasburg is undergoing an MRI on Thursday afternoon. Fortunately, the first look at his elbow has Washington thinking that the ailment isn't too extreme. However, the team has proven that they want to be careful with Strasburg, so it's likely that they won't rush him back to the mound regardless of the severity of his injury.

OUTStephen Strasburg
SP WSH
3 months ago

Strasburg will undergo an MRI on his elbow Thursday after feeling a pinch in the back of his elbow that caused him to exit Wednesday's start against the Braves early, Chase Hughes of CSN Mid-Atlantic reports.

EDGE Analysis

This isn't good news for a pitcher who has a history of elbow issues and was in just his first start back from the disabled list. More should be coming following the MRI on Thursday but his next scheduled start Monday against the Mets could be in jeopardy.