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07:46 AM ET 07.28 | With "impeccable mechanics," why is Stephen Strasburg hurting? "Chances are, it's nothing severe," said a major league medical source who has not worked with Strasburg but is familiar with his circumstances. "A guy that valuable, they might say, 'Wait a minute, hold it.' A regular guy, you give him some anti-inflammatory, have him throw a side in two days and get him out there. This guy, you might wait a month or so." ... The larger concern is what might be causing Strasburg, noted for impeccable mechanics, to suffer the inflammation. The biggest worry is the strain of throwing in the upper 90s, no matter how sound a pitcher's form. "Obviously, there's a reason for this," said the source. "Is he fatigued? There's a lot possible reasons. They are going to have to figure out why he is tight. There's no question it's a red flag."

The Washington Post

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July 28, 2010  07:57 AM ET

"Chances are, it's nothing severe". As a Cubs fan this sounds very familiar.

July 28, 2010  08:00 AM ET

Shut him down... Now!

July 28, 2010  08:35 AM ET

Damn, and they were almost done with his Cooperstown plaque.....

July 28, 2010  08:42 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Shut him down... Now!

...and after only 9 starts. That would have to be a record. I wish him the best - seems like a good kid.

July 28, 2010  08:54 AM ET

safety first...you're in last place (go Braves!) you have a number 1 pick in the system, DC is starting to really support the Nats and this kid seems to be the real thing....nothing wrong with planning for tommorrow

July 28, 2010  08:59 AM ET

Dusty Baker thinks he just needs to work through it...

July 28, 2010  09:04 AM ET
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hellloooo mark prior

This way to the Matt Clement wing at Cooperstown?????

July 28, 2010  09:12 AM ET

He's done. Trade him to Detroit.

July 28, 2010  09:23 AM ET

Willingly signing with the Nats WASN'T a red flag?????

July 28, 2010  09:23 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

safety first...you're in last place (go Braves!) you have a number 1 pick in the system, DC is starting to really support the Nats and this kid seems to be the real thing....nothing wrong with planning for tommorrow

i recall reading that the Nats were only going to give him like 64 innings before they shut him down for the year....i'd say he's getting close to that number already.

um, yeah...Nats may be in last place but we (Braves) didn't play like we are in first place last night. Nats put Batista on the mound, who hasn't won a game in two years, and we can't hit the broad side of a freakin' barn.

July 28, 2010  09:33 AM ET
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why the hell are pitchers so prone to injuries today...i don't get it.....back up 20 yrs ago and Doc Gooden came on the scene at 19 and probably didn't miss a start for 5 yrs...and when he did it was for something honorable, like cocaine...not arm fatigue..i bet I know what it is...guys like strasburg have only done one thing in their life...pitch a baseball. he probably did nothing else and didn't naturally develop other supporting muscles that provide strength to be a durable pitcher.

I can dig it...I too was a child prodigy who's entire life was devoted to one thing and doing that ONE thing well.

Sadly, today my hand is deformed into a claw

July 28, 2010  09:43 AM ET
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ha! I do see that you formed an LLC to protect your personal assets in the event of a lawsuit...who did you go with, legalzoom?

Yea, Robert Shapiro and I go way back. He was my legal counsel in the landmark case of Yapp v. Curious George

We sued the **** pants off of the man in the Yellow Hat

July 28, 2010  09:47 AM ET

Just get him some Tommy John surgery now to get it over with. :)

July 28, 2010  09:48 AM ET
QUOTE(#16):

Just get him some Tommy John surgery now to get it over with. :)

Nice pic, my compliments!

July 28, 2010  09:49 AM ET

I have no doubt that Strasburg is feeling tightness and that the Nats did the right thing by shutting him down. With impeccable mechanics you have to wonder if it might not be the extra weight that this kid is carrying -- like the entire future of baseball in DC. Between the fans, the organization, and baseball as a whole (read Chipper Jones comments about him after the game yesterday), you have to wonder if it is just too much. Then again, it could just tightness.

July 28, 2010  09:49 AM ET
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why the hell are pitchers so prone to injuries today...i don't get it.....back up 20 yrs ago and Doc Gooden came on the scene at 19 and probably didn't miss a start for 5 yrs...and when he did it was for something honorable, like cocaine...not arm fatigue..i bet I know what it is...guys like strasburg have only done one thing in their life...pitch a baseball. he probably did nothing else and didn't naturally develop other supporting muscles that provide strength to be a durable pitcher.

I think that there is truth to your supposition, by the time kids get to high school a majority of them are focusing on just one sport...maybe they're more fragile because they aren't as athletically well-rounded as they used to be. Remember Wilbur Wood, starting both games of a doubleheader? A guy did that today he'd be on the DL the next day.

July 28, 2010  09:52 AM ET
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I think that there is truth to your supposition, by the time kids get to high school a majority of them are focusing on just one sport...maybe they're more fragile because they aren't as athletically well-rounded as they used to be. Remember Wilbur Wood, starting both games of a doubleheader? A guy did that today he'd be on the DL the next day.

"supposition"??? Hey, who's the unfrozen caveman lawyer here????

July 28, 2010  09:53 AM ET
QUOTE(#20):

"supposition"??? Hey, who's the unfrozen caveman lawyer here????

That's the word for today on my desk calendar!

July 28, 2010  09:57 AM ET
QUOTE(#18):

I have no doubt that Strasburg is feeling tightness and that the Nats did the right thing by shutting him down. With impeccable mechanics you have to wonder if it might not be the extra weight that this kid is carrying -- like the entire future of baseball in DC. Between the fans, the organization, and baseball as a whole (read Chipper Jones comments about him after the game yesterday), you have to wonder if it is just too much. Then again, it could just tightness.

Or maybe a little of both (mental pressure AND shoulder tightness)?

btw, what's up with Victorino? saw him limping coming off the field in the 7th while watching the highlights last night.

 
July 28, 2010  09:59 AM ET

It was bad enough that ESPN would break down every start of his, now we have to listen to them break down what happened and what it all means. YAK!

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