ATLANTA — One day after the Washington Nationals appeared to have a bit of an injury scare with ace Stephen Strasburg, general manager Mike Rizzo said the right-hander’s arm is structurally fine and he is expected to make his next start.
That information fits with what Strasburg himself said on Monday night, adamant that he would be pitching on Saturday in Pittsburgh and brushing off any questions about a possible forearm injury.
“I’m not missing my next start,” Strasburg said. “I’ll tell you right now.”
Strasburg struggled to command his pitches on Monday night and rarely appeared comfortable on the mound in the Nationals’ 3-2 loss to the Atlanta Braves. After the game, manager Davey Johnson said Strasburg was dealing with some forearm tightness and he would likely go on medication to help alleviate it.
Johnson was obviously concerned.
“He didn’t complain about anything,” Johnson said. “He was irritable. But he can be irritable during a ballgame. I was overly concerned and probably any other time I might’ve let him continue but not with what I was seeing today.”
Obviously the early returns are that it is not a significant issue. More to come from the ballpark this afternoon.