It is unclear whether Stephen Strasburg (35, Washington), who has been struggling with injuries after leading the team to win the World Series and signing a major contract, will return this year.
On the 16th (Korean time), MLB.com, the official homepage of the Major League Baseball (MLB), said, “Strasburg has recently suffered a setback in his return schedule due to nerve problems while pitching in the bullpen.”
Strasburg, who suffers from thoracic outlet syndrome, took steps toward a comeback when he started pitching. However, during his second bullpen session recently, he felt something was wrong with his body.
In the end, Strasburg plans to remain in Washington to continue treatment and rehabilitation without joining spring camp. MLB.com said, “It has not yet been determined whether he will join future camps.” 먹튀검증
Washington coach Dave Martinez hinted at his regret, saying, “Strasburg didn’t come up as much as I thought.” “I told Strasburg, ‘I know how hard you worked to come to the camp,'” Martinez said. “It’s all he can do to stay on course.”
Strasberg, who received attention as a promising player enough to compete in the 2008 Beijing Olympics during his university days, made his big league debut in 2010 in Washington. He played in the major leagues in earnest from 2012 after Tommy John surgery (elbow ligament splicing surgery) early in his career.
Although he has only filled the regulation innings (162 innings) due to injury in four seasons, he has achieved good results with excellent pitches. In particular, in 2019, he recorded an average ERA of 18-6 and 3.32, and won two wins in the Houston and World Series and won the series MVP. Accordingly, Washington gave him a large contract of 245 million dollars (approximately 314.7 billion won) for 7 years.
But since then, Strasburg has suffered from all sorts of injuries. Over the past three seasons, he has pitched in just eight games and 31⅓ innings. Last year, he disappeared again after recording 7 runs in 4⅔innings in only 1 game.
“I know fans want to see Strasburg throw the ball again,” Martinez said, “but at the end of the day, health matters.” He explained, “I will undergo further examinations, but he will not be with us for the time being.”