Stephen Strasburg Missing National Spring Training After Injury Setback

Washington Nationals right-handed pitcher Stephen Strasburg did not report with other pitchers for spring training on Wednesday after a recent setback in his recovery from a 2021 operation to correct thoracic outlet syndrome.

Strasburg, 34, had a nerve-related setback in a recent bullpen session, reported He made just one start in 2022, giving up seven runs in 4 2/3 innings in a loss against the Miami Marlins on June 9. His history of health issues creates an uncertain outlook for his chances of returning to the rotation in 2023.

Strasburg has played a total of 31 1/3 innings in just eight games over the past three seasons. He had carpal tunnel surgery in 2020 and needed an operation to correct thoracic outlet syndrome in 2021.

In 2019, his last season in which he made more than five starts, Strasburg was 18-6 with a 3.32 ERA in 33 starts. He was named MVP for the Nationals’ World Series victory that year over the Houston Astros, recording wins in two games.

Strasburg, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2009 amateur draft, is 113-62 with a 3.24 ERA and is a three-time All-Star with Washington.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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