The past few seasons have been all downhill for Washington Nationals star Stephen Strasburg. The three-time All-Star and 2019 World Series MVP has only appeared in 26.2 innings over the last two seasons due to thoracic outlet syndrome. His recovery has taken a long time and that is not yet subject to change.
According to AP’s Chuck King, Nationals manager Dave Martinez said that the team is going to take is time with Strasburg’s recovery.
“We’re not going to get 175 innings,” Martinez said Thursday. “Whatever we get out of him is going to be good. That’s the way I’m looking at it. So if it’s 100 innings, hopefully we get the best 100 innings that we could possibly get from him.”
Martinez added that having to be so patient is brutal for Strasburg, who badly wants to return to the mound for Washington.
“He wants to be out there. He wants to compete. I know that because when I sit with him, when we have conversations, he wishing that none of this would ever happen — that he could go out and be healthy all the time.”
The Nationals will need whatever they can get out of Strasburg. The additions of Sean Doolittle and Steve Cishek to the bullpen will help, as will the addition of Nelson Cruz to boost the offense. Still, their pitching is in very bad shape after dealing away Max Scherzer. Any help Strasburg provides will be huge for them.