Nationals ace Strasburg shut down for 2020 season

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher 

Washington Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg has been shut down for the rest of the season. He will have surgery in the near future. 

Strasburg will have a procedure next week to alleviate carpal tunnel neuritis in his right hand. He’ll be transferred to the Nationals 60-day disabled list. 

Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg heads to the dugout after leaving the game against the Baltimore Orioles
Stephen Strasburg heads to the dugout after leaving the game against the Baltimore Orioles (Photo by the Associated Press/Julio Cortez)

“Hopefully the surgery goes well,” Nationals manager Dave Martinez said on Saturday. “The biggest thing is that the surgery relieves anything he has, and that he’s able to rehab and come back — for me, come back strong — next Spring Training. Long-term goal, that’s what we’re hoping for.

“If a miracle happens and, you know, but he’s still got to ramp up, and I don’t see that the case. I’ve told you before that we want to make sure that he’s 100 percent when he comes back. We don’t want nothing else to break down on him. So we’re going to take this very slowly and carefully.”

Strasburg reportedly began dealing with this injury towards the end of summer camp. He first complained that this was a wrist injury, then complained about having numbness in his thumbs.

He missed his first two starts. Then, Strasburg attempted to pitch on August 14th through pain. 

In a 15-3 win over the Baltimore Orioles, he went ⅔’s of an inning before being replaced by Erick Fedde. 

“With the way the surgery goes these days, the doctor said that he should be totally, 100 percent when this heals and ready to pitch again,” Martinez said. “We’re very hopeful that’s the case.”

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