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Stephen Strasburg Sent To The DL…Again

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We have all seen this one before, once again the Washington Nationals’ starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg has been sent to the disabled list with a sore elbow. Strasburg has had elbow injuries in the past, in 2010 Strasburg tore the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow which sidelined him throughout the 2011 season. Strasburg has also had some minor injuries in the 2013 and 2015 seasons.

Looking at Strasburg’s most recent starts, he has really struggled. Producing a 0-3 record with a 14.66 ERA and opposing batters have put up quite an incredible batting line against the 28-year-old right hander (.414 AVG./ .462 OBP./ 776. SLG). The elbow injury may be the cause of Strasburg’s lack of control in his last 3 starts.

According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post Stephen Strasburg’s elbow injury is not structural and has just a touch of inflammation. So as it sits right now this is just a short-term injury and shouldn’t affect Strasburg’s availability for the post season.

The Nationals shouldn’t be in disarray over the injury because the Nationals still have a solid rotation with Max Scherzer, Tanner Roark  and Gio Gonzalez. Plus, Reynaldo Lopez’s last 2 starts have been very encouraging.  Coming up to replace Strasburg is 24-year-old right hander A.J. Cole.

Cole’s season in Triple-A Syracuse has been mediocre, Cole’s record in Triple-A is 8-8 with a 4.26 ERA over 22 starts. Cole did pitch in the majors for Washington last season, where he pitched 3 games and had a 5.79 ERA. This shouldn’t cause too much concern as Washington sits 8 1/2 games above the Miami Marlins.