Stephen Strasburg
SP WSH
1 day ago

Manager Dusty Baker confirmed Sunday that Strasburg would receive the Opening Day start April 3 against the Marlins, Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports reports.

EDGE Analysis

Strasburg was always viewed as the favorite for the Opening Day nod after Max Scherzer was slow to ramp up his workload in the spring due to a stress fracture in his finger, so Baker's announcement was merely a formality. After inking a seven-year, $175 million extension with the Nationals last May, the Nationals are hoping for Strasburg to take a leap forward in 2017 after he compiled a 3.60 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 183:44 K:BB ratio over 147.2 innings last season.

Stephen Strasburg
SP WSH
5 days ago

The Nationals have lined up their rotation in an order that suggests Strasburg will take the mound for Opening Day, MASN Sports reports.

EDGE Analysis

The Nationals likely will wait for their third game to start Max Scherzer, who is making his first Grapefruit League appearance of the year Wednesday. Although it hasn't been officially announced, Strasburg is in line to start Opening Day against Miami, with Tanner Roark handling the second game.

Stephen Strasburg
SP WSH
1 week ago

Strasburg allowed two runs on four hits and a walk while striking out three over 4.1 innings during Sunday's Grapefruit League game against the Marlins.

EDGE Analysis

He tossed 79 pitches in his longest spring outing to date and while Strasburg's 7.20 ERA so far is ugly, his 12:2 K:BB in 12.1 innings is a better reflection of how he's looked during the exhibition schedule. The 28-year-old is on pace to be ready for Opening Day.

Stephen Strasburg
SP WSH
2 weeks ago

Strasburg allowed two runs on three hits while striking out five over four innings in Monday's Grapefruit League game against the Tigers.

EDGE Analysis

The Washington Post reports that Nats pitching coach Mike Maddux spotted on video Strasburg was tipping his pitches in his last outing, and after making a slight adjustment to how he grips and sets the ball from the stretch, the right-hander posted much better results Monday. "I always have a tendency to tip pitches. I think it's just the way I grip the ball," he said. "My hands are pretty big, and if I'm not paying attention, I do little things. They've got everything on video, so they know all the little things that I do." The 28-year-old has only topped 200 innings once in a season during his career, so staying healthy remains the biggest obstacle between Strasburg and a Cy Young-caliber campaign.

Stephen Strasburg
SP WSH
3 weeks ago

Strasburg got hammered for six runs on seven hits and a walk in two innings, striking out one, during Wedmesday's Grapefruit League game against the Cardinals.

EDGE Analysis

Still working exclusively from the stretch, Strasburg was topping out at 97 mph with his fastball, so the results were less important than the process in this one. Max Scherzer's finger injury likely means Strasburg will take the bump on Opening Day for the Nats, and he's got plenty of time to round into form before then.

Stephen Strasburg
SP WSH
3 weeks ago

Strasburg worked exclusively from the stretch during his first Grapefruit League start Friday against the Cardinals, The Washington Post reports. "I feel like as I've gotten older, for whatever reason," Strasburg said, "the windup's just been an issue as far as getting that right feeling of staying on the mound, not drifting too much towards first or third base side on my leg kick and sticking the landing a little better."

EDGE Analysis

He hasn't yet decided whether to ditch his full windup during the regular season, but pitchers like Yu Darvish have had success working only out of the stretch, and Strasburg feels that his mechanics will be more consistent and put less stress on his arm if he sticks to one motion on the mound. He also said he plans to minimize use of the slider he threw 17.1 percent of the time last season, although he won't ditch it entirely. As always, Strasburg's upside is sky high heading into 2017 -- if he can just find a way to stay healthy.

Stephen Strasburg
SP WSH
4 weeks ago

Strasburg will make his Grapefruit League debut against the Cardinals on Friday, Jamal Collier of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

After first reporting to camp, Strasburg said that he's in full strength and feels no residual soreness in his elbow. However, Washington has held true to their plan of easing the fragile righty into action throughout the spring. To this point, Strasburg has thrown bullpen sessions and pitched in an intrasquad contest, but will finally be put to the test in Friday's outing.

Stephen Strasburg
SP WSH
1 month ago

Strasburg threw an inning during an intrasquad game Thursday, The Washington Post reports.

EDGE Analysis

He tossed 23 pitches and came off the mound none the worse for wear. The Nationals are restricting Strasburg's workload early in spring training, and Thursday's outing against minor leaguers and NRIs came in lieu of action during this weekend's Grapefruit League games, but so far he looks healthy and on pace to be ready for Opening Day. If Max Scherzer's finger issue holds him back too much this spring, Strasburg might even get the Opening Day assignment for the Nats.

Stephen Strasburg
SP WSH
1 month ago

Strasburg threw off a mound for approximately 10 minutes Thursday while mixing in all of his pitches, Chelsea Janes of The Washington Post reports.

EDGE Analysis

The right-hander didn't appear to have any restrictions, a positive sign after reports that his elbow injury has fully healed. Expect him to go at 100 percent this spring, but keep tabs on his health before fantasy drafts start. There's still risk in buying him blindly as an ace, though a heavy discount could alleviate those pains.

Stephen Strasburg
SP WSH
1 month ago

Strasburg has recovered from his elbow injury and will participate in full capacity at spring training, Mark Zuckerman of MASNSports.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Strasburg recently said that after meeting with doctors, he was told he could train without any restrictions. Moving forward, he'll throw bullpen sessions every other day and build up to facing live hitters. While this is promising news, owners should monitor his activity throughout spring training, as the Nationals could very well tread with caution with their often-injured righty.