Washington Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg’s career is hanging in the balance, according to the veteran who made just one start this season.
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Since the 2019 season, which ended with his team winning the World Series, the 34-year-old right-hander has appeared in a total of eight major league baseball games, accounting for 31 and a third inning on the mound. A broken rib has sidelined him this year and there are no signs of a return to top form in 2023. The Gunners are well aware of this.
“I realize that time is running out. It’s been almost three years since I started racing, and I’m not getting any younger,” he told The Washington Post.
After signing a seven-year, $245 million contract in December 2019, Strasburg went through real hell. Last year, he underwent surgery to treat thoracobrachial outlet syndrome, characterized by compression of the nerves and vascular system of the shoulder. The road back was bumpy.
“I did a few exercises and saw an improvement in my shoulder position. However, the strength is not quite there and I don’t know what awaits me in the future, he admitted. Before, every time I had an injury, I thought I would come back strong. There’s a really big question mark on this one.
A successful journey
Strasburg can claim to have contributed the only title in franchise history previously housed in Montreal. In 2019, he went 18-6 and had 251 strikeouts in 209 innings. The Finals MVP earned two Finals starts against the Houston Astros.
The pitcher has struck out 1,723 batters in his career, including 242 in 2014.
The absence of a star player is one of the many explanations for the Nats’ miserable season. Entering Friday, they had the worst record in the major leagues, 49-94, and were 40 games behind the top of their division.