Nationals Scratch SP Stephen Strasburg Due to “Nerve Issue”

Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg. Photo by Chris Szagola/CSM/Shutterstock (10333308f)

The Washington Nationals announced on Saturday that star starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg had been scratched from his start against the Yankees due to a nerve issue in his right hand.

Strasburg, who was named the World Series MVP in the Nationals’ 2019 playoff triumph, went on to miss his first start of the 2020 season thanks to the problem with his pitching hand.

Erick Fedde made the start in place of Strasburg, going 4.0 innings and giving up two runs in the Nats’ win over New York.

The Nationals’ concern now turns to their big right-hander, who is expected to anchor the team’s rotation as they look to defend their 2019 World Series title. He received an injection in his hand in order to try to clear up the problem.

It still remains to be seen, however, how long he may miss due to the nerve issue and if he will be forced to hit the injured list. Strasburg posted an 18-6 record with a 3.32 ERA last season, and any time that he might miss would be a tough blow to the Nats.

There is still no news as to when Strasburg will be ready to take the mound again, but Nats fans hope that it will come as soon as possible.