PHILADELPHIA — Washington Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg was out in the outfield at Citizens Bank Park Monday morning, taking part in the near-daily pitchers’ ultimate frisbee game — the latest indication that the tightness or fatigue that he was feeling Sunday was indeed normal.
Nationals manager Davey Johnson reiterated Monday that the team does not expect Strasburg to miss a start.
“I wasn’t really concerned that much yesterday after he came out because I thought it was normal tightness,” Johnson said. “And anything at all with him, that’s it.”
Strasburg, who said whatever he was feeling was from overwork between starts as he was unhappy with his previous outing, is scheduled to start again on Saturday in Atlanta.
There was some discrepancy on what was truly going on with the right-hander Sunday afternoon when Johnson said he was dealing with some bicep tightness and Strasburg said it was not a bicep issue but more just general fatigue after a taxing first two innings.
“Sounds like maybe we didn’t get our stories straight or something,” Johnson said Monday. “I talked to him when we were shaking hands out there and I said, ‘I’m going to just tell them it was a little tightness in your bicep and it flared up after the first inning and again after the fifth and you were trying to keep it loose.’ He said ‘Fine.’
“Then I read the paper today and we were speaking a different language to each other. But that’s Stras. Everything’s magnified.”