The Washington Nationals gave Strasburg a three-run lead in the first inning, but the Miami Marlins responded with five in their half in route to an 8-3 win on Friday night.
Nats GM Mike Rizzo denied rumors that Washington’s looking to trade for a starting pitcher before the deadline, saying he’s confident Dan Haren will bounce back, and made maybe the first public reference to the team’s top three pitchers as “The Big Three.”
Stephen Strasburg had hitters flailing at curveballs for seven scoreless innings Tuesday night, getting all eight of his strikeouts with the same pitch in a magnificent outing that was wasted when the Milwaukee Brewers scored off the Washington Nationals bullpen for a 4-0 victory.
At the halfway point of the 2012 season, the surprising Nationals were 48-33 and led the second-place New York Mets by four and a half games in the National League East race.
The Washington Nationals will welcome Stephen Strasburg back from the 15-day disabled list Sunday afternoon when he pitches a Father’s Day rubber match against the Cleveland Indians.
Here’s what you may have missed, or if you didn’t, what’s worth re-reading this week (June 3-7).
There’s only two things to talk about with the Washington Nationals in reality. Stephen Strasburg and injuries. And they aren’t mutually exclusive.
Stephen Strasburg is getting a different type of shutdown, a stint on the disabled list because of a strained muscle in his back.
The future seemed so bleak just last week when the Nats placed yet another player on the Disabled List in Stephen Strasburg, but one week from Wednesday and a handful of games later, that could all be in the past with Washington’s rotation returning to full-strength.
The Nationals said Saturday an MRI showed a slight strain in Stephen Strasburg’s lat instead of his oblique, and the team is hoping the right-hander can avoid the disabled list.