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Stephen Strasburg
Birthdate: 7/20/1988 (28 y, 8 m, 4 d)     Bats/Throws: R/R     Height/Weight: 6-4/230     Position: P
Drafted: 2009 June Amateur Draft - Round: 1, Pick: 1, Overall: 1, Team: Washington Nationals
Contract: $10.4M / 1 Years (2016)
Extension: $175M / 7 Years (2017 - 2023)
RotoWire News: The Nationals have lined up their rotation in an order that suggests Strasburg will take the mound for Opening Day, MASN Sports reports. (3/22/2017)
Profiles:  2011  2012  2013  2014  2015  2016  2017  (Click Year to Expand / Close)
Profile: Strasburg missed time late last season with a flexor mass strain. It's a common precursor injury to Tommy John surgery. It's doubly worrisome for a pitcher who has already received a replacement UCL. While it's a red flag, it's not automatic DOOM. Plenty of high-quality pitchers like Clayton Kershaw and Andrew Miller have experienced and fully recovered from flexor mass strains in recent seasons. I spoke to a doctor about the causal chain between the strain and a UCL injury. The forearm muscles protect the elbow. When they're strained, they no longer serve as a buffer for the joint. For somebody who can throw 95 mph, once the forearm is strained, it may only take one or two additional throws to damage the elbow. When a pitcher feels pain on a throw, there's a temptation to try again (I'm personally guilty of this). The key is to stop immediately until the flexor mass is fully healed. (Brad Johnson)

The Quick Opinion: Some pitchers outperform their peripherals. Strasburg tends to underperform them. He posted a 3.60 ERA despite a shiny 2.92 FIP. It's possible he's just a tad too predictable.

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