Na­tion­als: Stras­burg to miss at least an­other start

The Washington Times Daily - - SPORTS -

Stephen Stras­burg vowed he would learn from last sea­son. And the in­juries be­fore that. And the in­juries be­fore that.

Fin­ish­ing 2016 with­out again par­tic­i­pat­ing in the post­sea­son stayed with Stras­burg. In the off­sea­son, he men­tioned how im­por­tant it was to be ready when Oc­to­ber came. In spring train­ing, he said re­peated the idea. When he left the mound July 23 after two in­nings, he and the Wash­ing­ton Na­tion­als or­ga­ni­za­tion said the move was pre­cau­tion­ary. Stras­burg was placed on the 10-disabled list shortly af­ter­ward be­cause of a nerve im­pinge­ment in his right el­bow. Bet­ter to stop a prob­lem now with a dom­i­nant di­vi­sion lead.

Na­tion­als man­ager Dusty Baker sug­gested Stras­burg may miss one start. It is go­ing to be more.

On Sun­day night, the Na­tion­als re­vealed their start­ing pitch­ers for the com­ing week. Stras­burg was not among them.

Max Scherzer, who de­parted his last start be­cause of a neck spasm, re­turns to the mound Monday to open a nine-game home­s­tand. A.J. Cole will fol­low in Stras­burg’s spot. Gio Gon­za­lez, who will be mak­ing his first start since com­ing off the pa­ter­nity list, will work Wed­nes­day’s game against the Mi­ami Mar­lins. Tan­ner Roark will fin­ish that four-game se­ries. The San Francisco Giants come to the District for three games dur­ing the week­end.

Stras­burg has thrown 121 2/3 in­nings this sea­son. He has not thrown more than 200 in­nings since 2014 -- the only time in his ca­reer he has done so — and is un­likely to reach that mark again this sea­son. The Na­tion­als won’t care if he is healthy in Oc­to­ber. Stras­burg has made one post­sea­son start in his six full ma­jor-league sea­sons.

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