Washington Nationals’ manager Davey Martinez on Stephen Strasburg & stress reaction in his ribs…


Davey Martinez declined to debate the unlucky state of affairs with Stephen Strasburg any additional when he spoke to reporters following Washington’s 9-5 loss to Atlanta’s Braves of their collection opener in Nationals Park on Monday.

Earlier than the sport, Martinez introduced the 33-year-old starter, who’s labored his approach again from surgical procedure for thoracic outlet syndrome to make his first begin of the 12 months again on June ninth in Miami, had suffered a setback throughout a between-starts bullpen. Earlier than the group bought outcomes from the MRI he went for, the supervisor mentioned, he didn’t have a lot so as to add.

“You already know what, we’ll speak about Stephen tomorrow, if that’s okay,” he mentioned. “And I’ll know much more tomorrow about Stephen.”

The information wasn’t good when Martinez lastly delivered it on Tuesday afternoon.

“Stephen has a stress response in his second and third rib,” Martinez informed reporters on Tuesday afternoon, twenty-four hours after his preliminary announcement on Strasburg.

“Like I’ve mentioned earlier than, there’s so many unknowns about this surgical procedure and what can occur, and that is a part of it, so it’s associated. We’re at a degree now the place, actually, Stephen has put all of the work in, he’s carried out all the things that he wanted to do, and it’s simply one thing with this surgical procedure, you don’t know the place it’s going to go. I’ve seen a number of guys undergo this and never come out of this good straight away. I’ve seen guys come out of it the place they’re in a position to pitch very effectively. There’s no timeline for Stephen. He’s going to go see one other specialist, after which we’ll know extra.”

For now, the subsequent step is pretty easy. All Strasburg can do is relaxation and permit himself to heal up.

“So now it’s simply mainly relaxation,” Martinez mentioned.

“We bought to let this settle down a bit of bit, like I mentioned, he’s going to go this week to see a specialist, after which we’ll know extra by — hopefully, by the tip of the week.”

Martinez didn’t wish to entertain worst-case situations with Strasburg, who is correct now within the third 12 months of the 7-year/$245M deal he signed after serving to the membership win all of it in 2019, and he has made simply eight begins within the majors within the final three seasons whereas coping with an assortment of accidents.

“Actually, I don’t actually wish to take a look at it that approach,” Martinez mentioned.

“I wish to take a look at it as if he labored actually onerous to return again and he was in a position to pitch once more within the large leagues, proper? Despite the fact that it’s one begin. So let’s see what occurs after this little stint right here, and see if we will get him again. However like I mentioned, man, all of us harm for him as a result of he labored his butt off to get again and attempt to assist us, and he went on the market, and we had been so excited that he was on the market. It was one thing else to see him on the market pitching once more, so I simply hope and pray that he can come again, who is aware of when. Like I mentioned, there’s no timetable, however he can come again and pitch once more for us.”

“For me,” Martinez, the everlasting optimist, added, “I’m going to be — as I at all times am — [optimistic] that he’s going to pitch once more. And I hope that that’s the case.”

How is Strasburg, who had surgical procedure for carpal tunnel neuritis finish his season in 2020, earlier than thoracic outlet syndrome shut him down final summer season, dealing with the most recent unhealthy information?

“I haven’t seen him as we speak, I haven’t talked to him. I do know yesterday he was a bit down,” the supervisor mentioned. “As you already know Stephen, he doesn’t present a complete lot of emotion, however I talked to him briefly yesterday, however he’s a bit down. He needs to determine this out. He desperately needs to determine this out and see what’s going to occur and what’s going to transpire subsequent. For proper now, and I defined this to him, ‘Hey, proper now it’s nearly caring for as we speak. That’s all you are able to do.”

The frustration, he reiterated, is with the truth that Strasburg fought to get all the best way again, with none points, solely to have one thing come up following simply the one begin again, and now there are much more questions than earlier than about how his future will play out.

“That is one thing that — he felt actually good,” Martinez mentioned, when requested if it was a gradual factor, or a single incident which prompted the difficulty.

“This is the reason he was in a position to construct up, he did all the things he wanted to do to get again right here, after which, like I mentioned, after his bullpen the subsequent day he mentioned he didn’t really feel proper, and that’s the primary time we mentioned, ‘Nicely, simply take it straightforward, let’s see how you’re feeling the subsequent day,’ and he mentioned he didn’t really feel proper, so we determined to go get him an MRI. As we mentioned all alongside, we had been going to be extraordinarily cautious from Spring Coaching on, however he was coming alongside, and he was doing effectively, and he felt good, and now impulsively right here we’re once more.

“I really feel for him, I actually do. However I hope that he’ll be again — hopefully prior to later, however no matter time, that he’s again and he’s serving to us win video games.”

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