WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – Stephen Strasburg looked dreadful at times during his six-inning, six-hit performance on Monday night, and “tightness in his forearm” was all fans needed to hear from Davey after the game to flutter into a full-scale panic.
But a report from team doctors quickly dispelled any rumors of another D-Day scenario for the pitcher, and Mike Rizzo’s comments prior to Tuesday night’s game should sufficiently quell any lingering hysteria.
“Stras is going to be fine,” Rizzo told Charlie Slowes during 106.7 The Fan’s broadcast of ‘Nats on Deck’. “He’s going to make his next start. He had some irritation on the other side of his forearm from the ligament, so he feels good about it.”
Strasburg did not get a decision in the Nats’ 3-2 loss to the Braves, leaving his record in tact at 1-4 on the season with a 3.13 ERA.
“The bar is quite high in the baseball world for Stephen Strasburg,” Rizzo continued. “I think he’s throwing the ball extremely well.”
The Nats’ GM called for naysayers to examine the phenom’s statistics a little closer, citing his walk rate, ERA and innings per start as all having improved from this point last season.
Rizzo insists the initial panic by fans about the tightness in Strasburg’s arm was far worse than his as he awaited the results from the doctor.
“Yea, it was a relief when the doctor told us, but it really was not that big of a deal,” he said.
And if you need further reassurance everything is good with No. 37, gauge the tone of the GM’s voice below.