Nationals Injury-Prone Starter Heads Back To IL

Well, so much for that. After making just one start, Washington Nationals' injury-plagued starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg has gone back on the injured list.

Strasburg reported discomfort in his Saturday bullpen session after last Thursday's start. 

Nats manager Dave Martinez said they're "going to be as careful as possible with him and try to do everything right for Stephen and for this organization." 

The former No. 1 overall pick in the June draft in 2009, Strasburg has faced numerous injuries over the course of his 13 years in the majors, and since his career year in 2019, he's pitched in a total of just eight games over the past 2 and a half seasons. 

 He underwent wrist surgery in 2020, and thoracic outlet syndrome surgery in 2021. His start last Thursday was his first since that procedure.

The 33-year-old is in the 3rd year of a 7-year, $245M contract. 

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