Stephen Strasburg SP WAS 4 days ago

Strasburg had another rocky outing on Sunday against the Padres, as he allowed three runs on five hits and a walk across just five innings.

Luckily for fantasy owners, Strasburg struck out seven during this relatively short outing and his team gave him ample run support that earned him the win. The 26-year-old's ERA still sits at a disappointing 5.98 on the season and he hasn't delivered a quality start in nearly a month, but he stands a good chance to build off of this win in his next scheduled outing against the Phillies on Sunday.

Stephen Strasburg SP WAS 1 week ago

Strasburg lasted just 3.1 innings Tuesday against the Diamondbacks, giving up seven earned runs, two home runs and eight hits to earn his fourth loss of the season.

Strasburg is truly struggling this season. Despite leaving his last start with a sore shoulder, he still played Tuesday, and it's unclear if the shoulder had anything to do with his poor performance. In seven starts this season, Strasburg has a 6.06 ERA, a 1.71 WHIP and a 3.51 FIP.

Stephen Strasburg SP WAS 1 week ago

Strasburg (shoulder) has been confirmed as the starting pitcher for Tuesday's game against the Diamondbacks.

Strasburg left his last start with a sore shoulder, but he is ready to get back on the mound after taking six days off. He will square off against Arizona's Rubby De La Rosa on Tuesday night.

Stephen Strasburg SP WAS 2 weeks ago

As expected, Strasburg (shoulder) will have his next start bumped to Tuesday, the Washington Post reports.

Max Scherzer will take the hill on Monday. Strasburg is still in line for a two-start week, on the road in Arizona on Tuesday then in San Diego on Sunday, and if the mechanical tweaks he made in his bullpen session on Saturday do the trick, he might be able to whittle down his unsightly 4.73 ERA and 1.61 WHIP.

Stephen Strasburg SP WAS 2 weeks ago

Strasburg thinks his shoulder issue may have been the indirect result of a minor ankle injury he suffered during a conditioning drill late in spring training, the Washington Post reports. "What caused my back tightness was I think an extension of a change in mechanics from my ankle. I just started throwing across my body a little more than I have done in the past," Strasburg said on Saturday.

He worked on his mechanics during Saturday's bullpen session, and if he's correct Strasburg may not only avoid missing any starts, but may be able to shed his early season struggles once he does get his delivery back in sync. He's still penciled in for his regular turn on Monday, but it wouldn't be surprising to see Nats manager Matt Williams let Max Scherzer take that turn on his normal rest, and push Strasburg back to Tuesday.

Stephen Strasburg SP WAS 2 weeks ago

Strasburg (shoulder) threw a bullpen session Saturday, Dan Kolko of MASN Sports reports.

Strasburg saw a chiropractor after leaving Tuesday's outing after three innings, and said the adjustment he received made a "night and day" difference. With the shoulder presenting no issues in Saturday's bullpen, Strasburg feels he's ready to start either Monday or Tuesday against Arizona, but manager Matt Williams will have the final say.

Stephen Strasburg SP WAS 2 weeks ago

Strasburg (shoulder) said Friday that he's feeling better, but the Nationals still don't know if he'll make his next start, MLB.com's William Ladson reports.

Strasburg's next outing is scheduled for Monday in Arizona, but it's possible he'll either be skipped or pushed back. While the Nats still haven't provided a diagnosis, Strasburg said he's dealing with some irritation under his shoulder blade. If he isn't ready by Monday, the Nats have two pretty good options, as they can either push Max Scherzer up a day, or else turn to Tanner Roark.

Stephen Strasburg SP WAS 2 weeks ago

Strasburg (shoulder) was able to play catch after Wednesday's game without any problems, the Washington Post reports.

The Nationals still haven't given an official diagnosis of what's wrong with Strasburg, and manager Matt Williams' description of it as "a little issue" is less reassuring given the club's track record with other 'little issues' such as Anthony Rendon's knee. That said, there's no specific reason yet to think Strasburg could miss an extended period of time, and Thursday's off-day gives the club some flexibility if they do decide to skip his next turn in the rotation.

Stephen Strasburg SP WAS 2 weeks ago

Strasburg admitted after Tuesday's game that the "irritation" under his shoulder blade was bothering him in his previous start as well, but he was able to work through it, the Washington Post reports. "It's something that's just been lingering," Strasburg said. "I just felt it more and more. I felt like it was something that I feel like I could've gone through it, but at this point in the season you just want to get it right and not alter your mechanics too much."

The pitcher speculated that it felt like one of his ribs might be slightly out of place, but until he's more thoroughly examined neither he nor the Nationals really know what he's dealing with. While the club hasn't announced any plans yet, even if the issue proves not to be serious, it wouldn't be at all surprising if Strasburg's next turn in the rotation was skipped.

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Strasburg has an irritation underneath his shoulder blade and will evaluated by a chiropractor Wednesday, MASN's Dan Kolko reports.

He left Tuesday's game in the third inning and now we know why. All of the standard phrases of caution apply here, but it's too early to draw any significant conclusions from this diagnosis. The fact that they want a chiropractor to look at it initially and not a surgeon could be good news, but again, this is all speculation. Check back for an update on his status Wednesday.