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Hate To Say I Told You So…

Posted by dannmckeegan on August 22, 2010

But:

Strasburg Leaves in Fifth Inning, Grabbing Wrist
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Stephen Strasburg was injured for the second time in a month and left early, this time wincing with a strained tendon in his right forearm, as the Washington Nationals beat the host Philadelphia Phillies, 8-1, on Saturday night.

Strasburg left after pitching four and one-third innings. Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo said Strasburg would have a magnetic resonance imaging test Sunday in Washington.

“You’re always concerned when your pitcher leaves in the middle of the game, but we’ll see what the M.R.I. says and we’ll react accordingly,” Rizzo said.

Strasburg was making his third start since returning from a stint on the disabled list with inflammation in the back of his right shoulder. He grimaced and shook his right wrist after a pitch to Dominic Brown and was removed without any warm-up tosses — the Nationals were taking no chances.

The Nationals pitching coach Steve McCatty slapped the dugout wall in anger after Strasburg was yanked.

Strasburg was in control until he got hurt, striking out six while allowing two hits and a run.

Craig Stammen relieved Strasburg with the Nationals leading the Phillies, 5-1. Doug Slaten (3-1) pitched one and two-thirds shutout innings for the win.

“You hate to see anybody show some signs that they’re a little tender out there,” Nationals Manager Jim Riggleman said. “Certainly with Stephen, we’re going to be a little careful.”

Riggleman added: “He said, ‘I feel good; I don’t even feel anything. Let me keep pitching.’”

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/22/sports/baseball/22bats.html

Young arms are, if nothing else, a crap shoot.  The White Sox were able to bring LHP Chris Sale, a 2010 first round pick, to the major leagues after something like 10 MiLB appearances.  Pitching in relief, he’s been effective in minimal use.  Who knows how he’ll do.  No one knows when or if a

shoulder

Kris Benson

Kris Benson, pitching for Baltimore in a rare non-DL stint.

elbow

Kerry Wood

Kerry Wood, who could replace the cartoon guy on the Operation game board.

wrist

Stephen Strasburg

Strasburg may yet join Mark Prior and Kerry Wood on Mt. Rushedbackfrominjurymore.

oblique

Joe Blanton

Joe Blanton of the Phillies, then with Oakland, has been disabled with an oblique strain in the past.

hip

Jesse Litsch

Jesse Litsch of the Blue Jays recently had season-ending hip surgery. He's also had a Tommy John in the past.

knee

John Grabow

Cubs reliever John Grabow has missed most of 2010, and been ineffective when active, with ligament issues in his knee.

hamstring

Jair Jurrjens

Atlanta starter Jair Jurrjens of Curacao missed time earlier this year with a hamstring pull.

calf

Bobby Jenks

Dammit Bobby. Erstwhile White Sox closer Bobby Jenks has had on-and-off problems with his calves for the last few years.

toe

Ryan Madson

Is it any surprise that this man would kick a chair and break a toe in anger? This is Phillies reliever Ryan Madson.

finger

Josh Beckett

Josh Beckett, World Series hero for Florida and star for Boston, was plagued by blisters in earlier years of his career.

might go bad.  Let alone a pitcher’s head.

Dontrelle Willis

Dontrelle Willis has suffered from anxiety issues and has lost complete command of the strike zone. Currently unemployed, he has bounced around the past year or so.

Long-term deals and massive amounts of hype add to the team’s pressure.  Do they push to get what they can, when they can?  Or do they ease the guy along, knowing that the problem might show in the minors rather than after a period of MLB success?

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