Some will point to the call to pay Strasburg and not Rendon as a major mistake. But it’s fair to recall that while Strasburg badly wanted to stay in DC, Rendon was a more typical free agent, very open to going elsewhere.
Stephen Strasburg was placed on the injured list today because of right shoulder inflammation. Paolo Espino will start in his place. Strasburg’s IL stint is retroactive to 4/15, two days after he gave up eight earned runs in four-plus innings.
Said this five nights ago following Strasburg’s disastrous start in STL: The only times he’s ever looked that bad in his career, he’s either been hurt or tipping his pitches. Turns out, despite his and Martinez’s insistence to the contrary, he was hurt.
Stephen Strasburg placed on IL with R shoulder inflammation. Was supposed to start today.
The Nationals have placed Stephen Strasburg (right shoulder inflammation) and Wander Suero (left oblique strain) on the 10-day injured list. The Strasburg move is retroactive to April 15.
Davey says an MRI revealed inflammation in Stephen Strasburg's right shoulder. No timetable for his return, but Nats hope he'll be back soon. Went through a normal between-start routine the days after his start, but felt off after his bullpen session.
Maybe for the best that the last-second IL move blocked us from 2021 Stephen Strasburg vs. 2021 Madison Bumgarner... big “driving alone at night staring into the middle distance while listening to music from high school” vibes in that match-up
Stephen Strasburg has had one of the weirdest careers in baseball, and maybe sports.
- Twelve years in the MLB.
- He's won more than 15 games in a year just once.
- But since the 1940s, he's 5th all-time—fifth!—in both WHIP and strikeouts per 9 innings.
With Strasburg headed to the IL, take a look at his 10-pitch rolling four-seam velocity so far this season. His average velo on the pitch has been 92.1 mph:
The #Nationals have placed Stephen Strasburg on the IL with shoulder inflammation. He had been scheduled to start against the #Dbacks today. Instead Paolo Espino will get the ball against Madison Bumgarner.
Nationals announce Strasburg to the IL with right shoulder inflammation.
Suero to the IL, too. Left oblique strain.
Paolo Espino and Ryne Harper up.
For those tweeting about whether the Nats should have signed Rendon instead of Strasburg, we really don’t know whether Rendon even wanted to re-sign here because the local sports media didn’t do its job. https://t.co/EIy91HjYCs
Martinez on Strasburg: "This is all about Stephen right now and taking care of Stephen to make sure that when he does come back, he’s ready to go." #Nationals
Game 13 notes...Paolo Espino makes the emergency start in place of Stephen Strasburg. The 34-year old has made 3 MLB starts...2 in 2017 for the Brewers and 1 for the Nats last year. On 9/22/20 he faced the Phillies and allowed 3 runs in 4 innings in a Nats 8-7 walk-off win.
Stephen Strasburg- Shoulder- Strasburg was placed on the IL with right shoulder inflammation retroactive to April 15. Severity is not yet known. Erick Fedde should take his spot in the #Nationals rotation.
These comparisons need to stop. For one, they’re getting old. Signing Rendon long-term was never that simple.
But secondly, Rendon was top 10 in MVP voting last year, whereas Strasburg missed the entire season https://t.co/uV0uYX76NT
The only reason Strasburg won’t make the hall of fame is himself
Nationals' Stephen Strasburg lands on injured list with shoulder issue after low-velocity outing https://t.co/ddQ5tF8mhH
Stephen Strasburg enviado a la lista de lesionados por una inflamación en el hombro derecho.
⚾️ Paolo Espino abrirá hoy en su lugar
I am Charlie Brown, Strasburg is the football and the universe is Lucy
The Nats are looking pretty stupid for giving Strasburg that money. Yeah he was a world series MVP and deserved the money but from the Nats POV an 8 year deal for 245 is a ton for a pitcher with consistent injuries through his career. Scott Boras wins again
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Joel Embiid is the closest, I think, but he's both not as great and less hurt than Strasburg.
I immediately thought of Felix Hernandez (two seasons of >15 wins) and Strasburg basically smokes him in both career WHIP and K/9