Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg is coming off a season where he made just one start before being shut down for the season, and it’s unclear what his status is for 2023.
Strasburg is in his 14th season, all of which have come with the Nationals, and made just eight combined MLB starts over the last three seasons. It’s tough to know how effective Strasburg will be when he’s back on the mound considering how much time he has missed in recent seasons.
In his last full season, Strasburg made 33 starts with a 3.32 ERA and 1.04 WHIP over 209 innings of work in 2019.
Stephen Strasburg injury update
June 3 Update: We have made it through the first two months of the season, and Strasburg's return timeline is still uncertain. He has reportedly been dealing with severe nerve damage and is shut down from physical activity for the foreseeable future. He is eligible to return from IL whenever he is healthy, but having to start a throwing program from the ground up, it is likely we won’t see Strasburg back until July at the earlier and that is likely generous.
Stephen Strasburg is completely shut down from physical activity again and is dealing with "severe nerve damage," as three people familiar with his situation put it.— Jesse Dougherty (@dougherty_jesse) June 3, 2023
More on his grim outlook here: https://t.co/B0aZrqa1zZ
Strasburg suffered a setback in mid-February with a nerve issue in his recovery from thoracic outlet syndrome surgery. There is no timetable for when Strasburg will be back on the mound for Washington, but a return does not appear to be coming anytime soon.