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07:10 AM ET 04.30 | On the surface, Stephen Strasburg shanking out his right arm isn't out of the ordinary for Davey Johnson to see. He does it often during his starts, whether to stay loose or rid his hand of a little extra sweat. But what he saw on Monday night concerned the 70-year-old manager. Strasburg, who pitched six innings and allowed two runs in the Nationals' 3-2 loss to the Atlanta Braves on Monday night, was shaking his arm more than usual. He looked uncomfortable on the mound most of the night, and his command was lacking. ... Johnson said it was too soon to tell if Strasburg's next start, which is slated for Saturday in Pittsburgh, is in jeopardy. But the right-hander did not hesitate. "I'm not missing my next start," Strasburg said.

The Washington Times

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April 30, 2013  08:40 AM ET

....davey cant see very well these days ....otherwise he should be able to see a spoiled coddled kid who needs to earn his pay or give it back....sell high....

April 30, 2013  09:04 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

....davey cant see very well these days ....otherwise he should be able to see a spoiled coddled kid who needs to earn his pay or give it back....sell high....

It's a shame that Strasburg was pulled after what was by far his best inning of the game. However, if he struggles with command the entire game and then goes directly to the trainer after the sixth inning, which is exactly what happened, I don't think you can characterize taking him out as spoiling or coddling him. I think the article makes it pretty clear what the problem is: Strasburg needs to be protected from himself. It was obvious that he wasn't comfortable throughout the entire game, but he's not going to take himself out.

April 30, 2013  09:06 AM ET

The Nats should be more concerned about their crappy offense. Aside from Harper and Span, no one in the lineup appeared to be ready to play at the start of the season.

April 30, 2013  09:38 AM ET

The Nats will hit. They've got plenty of talent at the plate. Strasburg has never tried to fix his mechanics to stop overloading his elbow. That's been the book on him since college. Great stuff, horrible mechanics. He needs to fix his mechanics now if he wants to play for a long time.

April 30, 2013  11:09 AM ET

I really wish they would take the time to correct poor throwing motions of these guys when they see problems because the same issue that caused his initial arm problem is still present.
It will take a little time for the pitcher to adjust but it's worth it.

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April 30, 2013  11:53 AM ET

Shut him down. (just in case)

April 30, 2013  12:43 PM ET

Too all you GM's....

Now you see why we shut him down last season ?

April 30, 2013  12:45 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

It's a shame that Strasburg was pulled after what was by far his best inning of the game. However, if he struggles with command the entire game and then goes directly to the trainer after the sixth inning, which is exactly what happened, I don't think you can characterize taking him out as spoiling or coddling him. I think the article makes it pretty clear what the problem is: Strasburg needs to be protected from himself. It was obvious that he wasn't comfortable throughout the entire game, but he's not going to take himself out.

That was his best inning of the game, but it was unusual to see him miss locations so badly. Also every other inning he shook his arm like it was irritating him, just like he did when he blew his elbow out.

April 30, 2013  12:53 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

That was his best inning of the game, but it was unusual to see him miss locations so badly. Also every other inning he shook his arm like it was irritating him, just like he did when he blew his elbow out.

I couldn't agree with you more. And I think that Johnson did the right thing when he pulled Strasburg, and I think that the Nationals should be concerned about his health (particularly in light of the fact that the mechanics that led to the first Tommy John surgery have not been corrected).

I also agree with you that the source of the concern isn't that Strasburg was shaking his arm (as Davey Johnson mentioned, that could be just to stay loose or to shake off some sweat) - it was that he appeared genuinely uncomfortable doing so. And then after the sixth inning, he spent the entire time in the dugout talking to the trainer. These are not good signs.

April 30, 2013  01:21 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

I really wish they would take the time to correct poor throwing motions of these guys when they see problems because the same issue that caused his initial arm problem is still present.It will take a little time for the pitcher to adjust but it's worth it.

This one isn't a coaching issue. There was a story from back when Strasburg was playing for Tony Gwynn at San Diego State. Gwynn saw the issue with his mechanics and called in a favor with Greg Maddux to work with him. The story goes that Strasburg didn't like the new mechanics Maddux was teaching so he just didn't listen and kept using the poor mechanics that shelved him with TJ surgery 2 years ago. Coaches (Hall of Famers even!!!) have tried to help this kid fix his issue, but he won't listen.

April 30, 2013  01:36 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

This one isn't a coaching issue. There was a story from back when Strasburg was playing for Tony Gwynn at San Diego State. Gwynn saw the issue with his mechanics and called in a favor with Greg Maddux to work with him. The story goes that Strasburg didn't like the new mechanics Maddux was teaching so he just didn't listen and kept using the poor mechanics that shelved him with TJ surgery 2 years ago. Coaches (Hall of Famers even!!!) have tried to help this kid fix his issue, but he won't listen.

This should cheer Nat's fans right up.

April 30, 2013  01:55 PM ET

Solution: Trade him for Joba.

April 30, 2013  01:56 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

I couldn't agree with you more. And I think that Johnson did the right thing when he pulled Strasburg, and I think that the Nationals should be concerned about his health (particularly in light of the fact that the mechanics that led to the first Tommy John surgery have not been corrected). I also agree with you that the source of the concern isn't that Strasburg was shaking his arm (as Davey Johnson mentioned, that could be just to stay loose or to shake off some sweat) - it was that he appeared genuinely uncomfortable doing so. And then after the sixth inning, he spent the entire time in the dugout talking to the trainer. These are not good signs.

Rizzo just made an announcement. Said "Strasburg's arm is okay, and he isn't expected to miss a start." HUGE sigh of relief.

April 30, 2013  04:16 PM ET

Second coming of Mark Prior

April 30, 2013  08:45 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

This one isn't a coaching issue. There was a story from back when Strasburg was playing for Tony Gwynn at San Diego State. Gwynn saw the issue with his mechanics and called in a favor with Greg Maddux to work with him. The story goes that Strasburg didn't like the new mechanics Maddux was teaching so he just didn't listen and kept using the poor mechanics that shelved him with TJ surgery 2 years ago. Coaches (Hall of Famers even!!!) have tried to help this kid fix his issue, but he won't listen.

What the hell did Maddux know about throwing a baseball, huh?
Jeez, the guy was broken down before he even turned 50!

April 30, 2013  09:26 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Too all you GM's....Now you see why we shut him down last season ?

Conversely, with the benefit of hindsight, I could also argue that the Nats should have chased a ring with Strasburg in the rotation during 2012 since he is going to be hurt in 2013, anyway.

April 30, 2013  09:28 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Too all you GM's....Now you see why we shut him down last season ?

But I do understand what you are saying...

May 1, 2013  06:51 AM ET
QUOTE(#17):

Conversely, with the benefit of hindsight, I could also argue that the Nats should have chased a ring with Strasburg in the rotation during 2012 since he is going to be hurt in 2013, anyway.

He was ineffective at the end of '12. If I'm not mistaken, he actually had a few more innings to give, but Davey shut him down out of concern.

Rizzo said he had problems with his forearm the other day due to some electric shock treatment given prior to the game... Don't know what all that means.

 
May 1, 2013  12:58 PM ET
QUOTE(#17):

Conversely, with the benefit of hindsight, I could also argue that the Nats should have chased a ring with Strasburg in the rotation during 2012 since he is going to be hurt in 2013, anyway.

When you have a chance to win it all you owe it to your fans and veteran players to "go for it". You just never know when those opportunities are going to come again.

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