Strasburg will miss second straight start
When the Washington Nationals placed Stephen Strasburg on the disabled list with a right elbow nerve impingement July 27, Manager Dusty Baker insisted the right-hander would miss just one start.
“We just backed up Stras just for precaution. He’ll miss one turn,” Baker said at the time. “Good thing, this is where the 10day DL comes into effect, to help him.”
Strasburg, however, will miss at least a second start — and perhaps more. On Friday, Strasburg said he had made significant progress in recent days and was scheduled to throw a bullpen session at Wrigley Field before the Nationals faced the Chicago Cubs. But on Saturday, the Nationals stopped short of saying Strasburg had thrown a bullpen session.
Baker said General Manager Mike Rizzo told him that Strasburg had thrown a bullpen “I think two days ago, or something like that,” before he asked a spokesperson when exactly that was. The spokesperson said Strasburg is “still just in his throwing program.” The club’s official update later was that “he’s continuing to progress in his throwing program.”
Even if he did throw a bullpen Friday, Strasburg will miss at least a second start because he hasn’t thrown the simulated game Baker maintained he would have to do before returning. Asked whether Strasburg would have to go on a rehabilitation assignment before returning, Baker said he didn’t know.
“We haven’t addressed that either,” Baker said. “You guys are kind of ahead of our information base. I heard he was getting better.”
For now, the Nationals will continue filling Strasburg’s spot in the starting rotation with Erick Fedde. The club officially recalled the right-hander from Class AAA Syracuse and placed Gio Gonzalez on the paternity leave list Saturday morning. Baker had said the move was coming Friday, when he announced that Fedde would make his second career start Sunday against the Cubs.
Fedde, 24, had been optioned Wednesday but didn’t pitch for Syracuse. Last Sunday against the Colorado Rockies, he allowed seven runs and 10 hits across four innings and took the loss in his major league debut.