Stephen Strasburg RUMORS & NEWS

  • Strasburg to give up chewing tobacco

    ESPN.com "Stephen Strasburg, like his former college teammate Addison Reed, is giving up smokeless tobacco following the death of Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn. The Washington Nationals ace, who played for Gwynn at San Diego State, told MLB.com he will quit because of his young daughter. "I think it's a..." June 24

  • Nationals rip Giants in series opener behind Stephen Strasburg, Ian Desmond

    Washington Post "The night had promised so much to the fans who packed into the coolest ballpark in the majors. In the dugouts were the two hottest teams in the National League. On the mound stood an ace beginning to grasp the full extent of his powers. They love their San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park, and the..." June 10

  • Nats going with Strasburg for Opening Day

    ESPN.com "The Washington Nationals will go with Stephen Strasburg for a third consecutive season as their Opening Day starter. Strasburg, who got the nod from first-year manager Matt Williams over 2013 All-Star Jordan Zimmermann, went 8-9 last season despite a 3.00 ERA. "He has experience there. He's..." March 20

  • Stephen Strasburg is working on a slider

    Washington Post "It started with conversations last season, when Stephen Strasburg asked Jordan Zimmermann and Dan Haren about they threw their slider and cutter. It evolved this offseason, when Strasburg fiddled with a grip and a release. It was unveiled Tuesday afternoon, when Strasburg rifled a slider – a new..." February 18

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    Mark Zuckerman @ZuckermanCSN

    Stephen Strasburg says he's fully recovered from surgery to remove bone chips from his elbow, says he's 100 percent for start of camp.

  • Nationals and Stephen Strasburg agree to a one-year deal, avoiding arbitration

    Hardball Talk "The Nationals and right-handed starter Stephen Strasburg have agreed to a one-year, $3.975 million deal with performance bonuses, avoiding arbitration. The report comes to us from Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. Strasburg, 25, was eligible for arbitration for the first time and is entering 2014 with..." January 11

  • Boras: Stephen Strasburg pitched through discomfort

    Washington Post "Stephen Strasburg pitched with discomfort in his forearm, the result of small bone chips in his right elbow, for a “good amount” of the 2013 season, his agent Scott Boras said yesterday at the GM Meetings. Strasburg underwent surgery Oct. 25 to describe what the Nationals described as “loose..." November 14

  • Nationals Strasburg, Harper, LaRoche all have "successful" surgery

    Masn "The Nationals announced this morning that three players - Stephen Strasburg, Bryce Harper and Adam LaRoche - underwent "successful" surgery this week. All three guys are expected to be ready for the start of spring training. Strasburg underwent arthroscopic surgery to remove bone chips from his..." October 26

  • Stephen Strasburg will rejoin Nationals rotation on Saturday

    CBSSports.com "Right-hander Stephen Strasburg has been cleared to return to the Nationals rotation on Saturday reports Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post. He had been sidelined since September 9 with forearm tightness. Strasburg 25 was originally scheduled to start on Thursday but his start was pushed back..." September 20

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    James Wagner @JamesWagnerWP

    Per Davey Strasburg scratched tomorrow. To start Saturday. Davey being cautious after he had a little trouble getting loose. Gio tomorrow.

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    Dan Kolko @masnKolko

    Davey hadn't gotten a report on Strasburg's throwing session but McCatty says it went fine. Strasburg on track to start Saturday.

  • Strasburg scratched, Gio Gonzalez to start Thursday

    Washington Post "Two days after throwing a clean bullpen session Stephen Strasburg was scratched from his Thursday start as a precaution after he had some trouble getting loose while playing catch on Wednesday Nationals Manager Davey Johnson said. Strasburg was also scratched from his last start last Friday..." September 19

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    James Wagner @JamesWagnerWP

    Per Davey Stephen Strasburg had no issue with his bullpen session and is on track to start Thursday. Strasburg: "It was good."

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    Dan Kolko @masnKolko

    Davey says Strasburg will play catch tomorrow and if all goes well he'll throw a bullpen the 16th and be good to start the 19th

  • Nationals scratch Stephen Strasburg from Friday's start

    CBSSports.com "Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg has been scratched from Friday's scheduled start for an unknown reason. Fellow righty Ross Ohlendorf will start in his place. James Wagner of the Washington Post notes the 25-year-old Strasburg felt tightness in his hamstring 11 days ago but it's unclear..." September 13

  • No suspensions for Nats Strasburg, Johnson

    CSN Washington "Major League Baseball has determined neither Stephen Strasburg nor Davey Johnson will be suspended after each was ejected from the Nationals' game Saturday night in Atlanta essentially ruling Strasburg did not intentionally throw at Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons. No announcement has been..." August 21

  • Liriano outduels Strasburg, Pirates beat Nationals, 4-2

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "What better way for Francisco Liriano to rebound from his worst outing of the year than by pitching his best outing in years? Liriano took a no-hit bid into the sixth inning and bested Stephen Strasburg in a pitchers' duel as the Pirates beat the Washington Nationals 4-2 Wednesday night at..." July 25

  • Stephen Strasburg finding confidence in arm despite lack of run support

    Washington Post "Toward the end of last season, Stephen Strasburg and some of the team’s fan base pleaded with the Washington Nationals organization to put the ball in the pitcher’s hands rather than shut him down early as a preventative measure following Tommy John elbow surgery. Now with those health concerns..." June 28

  • Strasburg activated to start against Indians

    Hardball Talk "From beat writer James Wagner of the Washington Post comes word that the Nationals have, as scheduled, activated ace right-hander Stephen Strasburg from the 15-day disabled list. Strasburg will return to the Nats’ starting rotation on Sunday afternoon to face the Indians after sitting out the past..." June 16

  • Stephen Strasburg cleared to start Sunday

    Washington Times "Stephen Strasburg had a bullpen session at Coors Field on Thursday morning and the Washington Nationals’ right-hander, who has been out since May 31 with a Grade 1 strain of his right lat muscle, was cleared to start Sunday against the Cleveland Indians. Strasburg, who was pulled after his second..." June 13

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    Amanda Comak @acomak

    Stephen Strasburg already completed his sim game at Coors Field. Threw to a few teammates. Seems he was still alive when he left the mound.

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    Dan Kolko @masnKolko

    Davey says Strasburg is set to throw a simulated game Tuesday in Colorado.

  • Stephen Strasburg, Johnny Cueto placed on DL with lat injuries

    CBSSports.com "The Nationals and Reds both lost their ace to injury on Wednesday. Stephen Strasburg and Johnny Cueto were placed on the 15-day DL with lat strains. Strasburg, 24, left last Friday's start with what was originally called an oblique injury, but an MRI showed it was really Grade I lat strain. The..." June 06

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    Mark Zuckerman @ZuckermanCSN

    Rizzo says on his radio show Detwiler will start Sat. either in D.C. or on rehab. Sounds to me like he doesn't expect Strasburg to be ready.

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    Byron Kerr @masnKerr

    Strasburg did not have bullpen session. Placed on DL.

  • Stephen Strasburg placed on 15-day disabled list

    Washington Post "The Nationals have placed ace Stephen Strasburg on the disabled list with a Grade 1 right lat muscle strain in his lower back. Strasburg exited his start Friday in Atlanta after only two innings when he aggravated the lat muscle, in which he had been feeling tightness for several..." June 05

  • Strasburg ‘going in right direction,’ on track to start Saturday

    Washington Post "As he recovers from a Grade 1 lat strain in his lower back, Stephen Strasburg played catch for the second consecutive day this afternoon. He could still make his next start Saturday against the Twins, depending on how he responds to a bullpen session scheduled for tomorrow. Strasburg exited his..." June 05

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    Mark Zuckerman @ZuckermanCSN

    Davey says Strasburg scheduled to throw tomorrow. If goes well, would start Saturday vs Twins.

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    Mark Zuckerman @ZuckermanCSN

    #Nats head trainer Lee Kuntz clarifies that MRI of Stephen Strasburg showed a Grade 1 strain of R lat muscle. Doesn't change outlook or ...

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    Amanda Comak @acomak

    The #nats do not plan to place Strasburg on the DL immediately. Going to see how he feels, could skip his spot until June 8.

  • Strasburg exits start after two innings with apparent injury

    SI.com "Stephen Strasburg didn’t come out to pitch the third inning of Friday night’s game between the Nationals and Braves in Atlanta after exhibiting a sudden velocity drop and apparent discomfort in the bottom of the second inning. The Washington Post‘s Adam Kilgore reports Strasburg left the game with..." June 01

  • Stephen Strasburg’s recovery from mental lapse a promising sign

    Washington Times "The first third of the season has seen a number of games the Nationals would like to forget. At the head of the list is likely the pre-Mother’s Day Meltdown. It was an 8-2 loss to the Chicago Cubs on May 11 that dropped Stephen Strasburg’s record to 1-5. The afternoon was notable not so much..." May 29

  • He wasn't always THIS Stephen Strasburg

    San Diego Union-Tribune "If you want to get to know the real Stephen Strasburg, you do not put him on a podium, conference call or radio show. You don’t write him an email or send him a text, and you certainly don’t shove a microphone in his face. No, if you want to get to know the real Stephen Strasburg, you simply..." May 16

  • Stephen Strasburg goes seven innings, shows no sign of arm trouble

    Washington Post "Stephen Strasburg always pitches under a spotlight, but Saturday took the mound under more scrutiny than usual. After his last start, Monday night in Atlanta, Manager Davey Johnson caused alarm by saying Strasburg had “tightness” in his forearm. The next day, General Manager Mike Rizzo scuttled..." May 05

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    Amanda Comak @acomak

    Davey said Stephen Strasburg's bullpen session today went well. Didn't feel any discomfort. #nats

  • Strasburg forearm discomfort gone; expected to make next start

    Washington Post "Stephen Strasburg relaxed on a black couch in the Nationals clubhouse Tuesday afternoon, chatting with catcher Kurt Suzuki. If there was any lingering concern over the forearm tightness he was feeling the previous night in a 3-2 loss to the Atlanta Braves, the right-hander didn’t show it. This..." May 01

  • Strasburg has forearm tightness in loss to Braves

    CSN Washington "His overall numbers — 3.13 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, nearly one strikeout per inning — are by no means cause for alarm. Those are the numbers you'd expect from a good major-league pitcher. With Stephen Strasburg, though, the bar has been set exceedingly high, in part due to the hype surrounding the young..." April 30

  • Stephen Strasburg ‘structurally perfect,’ not expected to miss a start after forearm tightness

    Washington Post "Following a scare Monday night regarding “tightness” in Stephen Strasburg’s forearm, Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo said Tuesday morning that the ace’s right arm is “structurally perfect” and he is not expected to miss a start. Rizzo said Strasburg has “no problem” and only suffered..." April 30

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    Dan Kolko @masnKolko

    Dave's says Strasburg has tightness in forearm. Getting medication. Doctors examining.

  • Strasburg must get back to putting first-pitch strikes first

    Washington Post "The biggest single reason Stephen Strasburg lost his fourth straight start on Wednesday as the Washington Nationals fell below .500 is because he won’t throw “strike one.” He can. But he doesn’t. He says he will. Then he backslides. He talks about pitching to contact, quick outs, efficiency and..." April 25

  • Matt Harvey outduels Stephen Strasburg as Mets defeat Nationals 7-1

    New York Daily News "Even the most ardent Mets fan would have to admit there have been precious few must-see games involving the Mets in recent years. But Friday night at Citi Field was different. It was electric, the way it was when Doc and Straw and Keith and The Kid played before raucous packed houses night in and..." April 20

  • All eyes on Stephen Strasburg and Matt Harvey

    Washington Post "The Mets host the Nationals this weekend and baseball eyes are turning toward Citi Field. Friday’s series opener features Stephen Strasburg and Matt Harvey, two of the most exciting young arms in the major leagues. Harvey’s name should be familiar by now, with 10 big-league starts under his belt..." April 19

  • Harvey, Mets can take big step with win over Strasburg, Nats

    New York Post "This is the night Matt Harvey has been waiting for his entire pitching life. The Mets, already in a world of hurt, need Harvey to rise to the challenge tonight and beat Stephen Strasburg and the Nationals. You can be sure Harvey, the young power right-hander who is making only the 14th start..." April 19

  • Harper, Strasburg lead the charge for Nats over Marlins

    MLB.com "A youthful Marlins squad kept their emotions under control on Monday afternoon in jammed-packed Nationals Park. But they were unable to keep Bryce Harper in check. Harper belted two solo home runs off Ricky Nolasco, and that was all Stephen Strasburg and the Nationals needed to edge the..." April 01

  • Harper, Strasburg give Nationals Opening Day win over Marlins

    Washington Times "For years the Washington Nationals and their fans waited for this day. Their two phenoms on the same field performing the way they envisioned back when being favored to win a World Series was something meant mostly for other teams. This is the year it’s supposed to all come together for the..." April 01

  • Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper are ready to go the distance for a World Series contender

    Washington Post "In the fall of 2008, as the clutches of the modern hype machine lunged for Stephen Strasburg, he received a phone call from an old baseball coach. Brian Cain invited him to watch the San Diego Show, the elite travel team for which Strasburg had once pitched. Cain had recruited a 15-year-old from..." March 30

  • Strasburg fine after brief scare

    Nats Insider "The ball came screaming off Prince Fielder's bat, struck Stephen Strasburg's left arm and then careened into shallow center field as the crowd of 7,199 at Space Coast Stadium let out a collective gasp followed by a momentary holding of the breath as the Nationals' trainer and pitching coach jogged..." March 22

  • Stephen Strasburg goes deep

    Washington Post "Stephen Strasburg fired 93 pitches through the brisk evening air tonight, which for him represented something more than a typical spring training checkpoint. In his major league career, Strasburg had surpassed that 93-pitch mark in only 24 starts. He has not often carried that kind of workload,..." March 17

  • Stephen Strasburg in mid-season form; Aroldis Chapman happy as closer

    Yahoo! Sports "If the regular season started tomorrow we don't think that would be seen enough for Stephen Strasburg. The Washington Nationals ace was in mid-season form on Saturday striking out eight Houston Astros over five and one-third fantastic innings. Or maybe Strasburg's spring training form is simply..." March 17

  • Strasburg officially Named Nats' Opening Day Starter

    CSN Washington "Not that there was any uncertainty about it, but Davey Johnson made it official nonetheless this morning: Stephen Strasburg will start Opening Day for the Nationals. "I guess you want me to say it," the 70-year-old manager said. "He's going to be my Opening Day starter. You drug it out of..." March 13