Strasburg won't need surgery on knee

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Thumbnail image for stephen strasburg jersey.jpgGo ahead and wipe that sweat from your brow, Nats fans. It looks like Stephen Strasburg is going to be just fine.



The number one selection of the 2009
First Year Player Draft made a precautionary visit to Dr. Lewis Yocum
in California on Friday after an MRI on his left knee showed some
inflammation. Strasburg twisted his left knee and heard a pop
while shagging flyballs during a workout in the Arizona Fall League on Thursday.
Yocum recommended rest and therapy for the knee, however surgery will
not be necessary. He should be on track for spring training.




Crisis averted, I guess, however
with the injury we are robbed of yet another opportunity to see him
pitch on the national stage. The 21-year-old phenom was scheduled to
start for the Phoenix Desert Dogs in the AFL Championship Game against
Peoria on Saturday, televised by MLB Network. Strasburg was previously
scratched from a start in the AFL’s “Rising Stars” game due to a stiff
neck. Guess we’ll have to wait until spring training.




Strasburg finishes the AFL at 4-1 with a 4.26 ERA and a 23/7 K/BB in 19 innings.

Zack Cozart thinks the way the Rays have been using Sergio Romo is bad for baseball

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The Rays started Sergio Romo on back-to-back days and if that sounds weird to you, you’re not alone. Romo, of course, was the star closer for the Giants for a while, helping them win the World Series in 2012 and ’14. He’s been a full-time reliever dating back to 2006, when he was at Single-A.

In an effort to prevent lefty Ryan Yarbrough from facing the righty-heavy top of the Angels’ lineup (Zack Cozart, Mike Trout, Justin Upton), Romo started Saturday’s game, pitching the first inning before giving way to Yarbrough in the second. Romo struck out the side, in fact. The Rays went on to win 5-3.

The Rays did it again on Sunday afternoon, starting Romo. This time, he got four outs before giving way to Matt Andriese. Romo walked two without giving up a hit while striking out three. The Angels managed to win 5-2 however.

Despite Sunday’s win, Cozart wasn’t a happy camper with the way the Rays used Romo. Via Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic, Cozart said, “It was weird … It’s bad for baseball, in my opinion … It’s spring training. That’s the best way to explain it.”

It’s difficult to see merit in Cozart’s argument. It’s not like the Rays were making excessive amounts of pitching changes; they used five on Saturday and four on Sunday. The games lasted three hours and three hours, 15 minutes, respectively. The average game time is exactly three hours so far this season. I’m having trouble wondering how else Cozart might mean the strategy is bad for baseball.

It seems like the real issue is that Cozart is afraid of the sport changing around him. The Rays, like most small market teams, have to find their edges in slight ways. The Rays aren’t doing this blindly; the strategy makes sense based on their opponents’ starting lineup. The idea of valuing on-base percentage was scoffed at. Shifting was scoffed at and now every team employs them to some degree. Who knows if starting a reliever for the first three or four outs will become a trend, but it’s shortsighted to write it off at first glance.