The Washington Nationals need Stephen Strasburg as one of the anchors of their deep rotation, but they may not have him for the time being given his latest injury.

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Strasburg Suffers Sprained Ankle In Conditioning

Saturday, March 21

The Washington Nationals reported on Saturday that Strasburg suffered a sprained ankle in conditioning, and would miss his next scheduled start:

NASN’s Chris Johnson provided comments from Nationals manager Matt Williams:

He turned an ankle, sprained his ankle doing some conditioning, so we’ll have to push him a couple of days.”

Williams said the left ankle injury occurred yesterday.

“I don’t think it’s serious,” Williams said. “But again, you start messing with other parts of the body and go out there and try to pitch and throw as scheduled 75 pitches – we don’t want to have any issues with the arm trying to overcompensate so we’ll push him a couple days and he’ll be good. But it’s not serious.

Strasburg has dealt with a number of injuries throughout his career and pitched in more than 200 innings for the first time in his entire career in 2014. He finished with a 14-11 record, 3.14 ERA, 242 strikeouts and an impressive 1.12 WHIP.

Few pitchers in all of baseball have better pure stuff than a healthy Strasburg, which is why he was able to tally so many strikeouts in 2014. He was 26 years old at the start of the season and still should be right in the middle of his prime, but this latest injury is certainly cause for concern.

The rest of the Nationals staff may have to step up for the time being.

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