Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg was forced out of Tuesday’s start after just three innings due to what the team is calling “discomfort under his shoulder blade.”
Strasburg insisted after the game that injury isn’t serious, telling Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com that he thinks visiting a chiropractor could fix things:
I think it’s something where I just need to get an adjustment, or something like that. The best way I can put it: You’re driving a car fast over speed bumps. The irritation kind of rattles the cage a little bit.
For now he’ll remain on the active roster, but he was clearly in significant discomfort during the game. Zuckerman writes that Strasburg “grimaced several times after throwing pitches in the first inning, then again in the top of the second” and apparently it was also an issue during his previous start.
His velocity has been just fine in the mid-90s and he’s got 32 strikeouts in 32 innings, but Strasburg has walked 10 batters and opponents are hitting .309 off him (and the defense behind him, of course).