Washington Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg has made eight appearances over the past three seasons. Every year has ended with Strasburg on the shelf with an injury. His latest injury leaves the 34-year-old uncertain when or if he will feature in the MLB again.
Strasburg sat down with Washington Post’s Jesse Dougherty and opened up about his future uncertainty.
“I realized the clock was ticking,” Strasburg admitted to Dougherty. “It’s been almost three years since I was able to enter a competition, and it’s not like I’m getting younger.”
Strasburg has been closed after two starts in 2020 due to Nerve injury in his pitcher. The following year, he had 5 starts before the Nationals shut him down again. He underwent thoracic outlet syndrome surgery.
This season, Strasburg had a start and did not continue to thrash with a stress response in his ribs related to last year’s surgery.
Strasburg told Dougherty he has been limited in exercises but has seen some improvement in the way he feels.
“I feel like I don’t have much energy left and I’m not really sure what the future holds,” Strasburg said.
Strasburg last played a full season in 2019, when he played an integral role in helping the Nats win their first World Series championship. He had 18 NL-best wins. The 209 innings he threw was the most since the 2014 season.
Strasburg continued his excellence in the post-season as he was named the world series MVP.
His performance earned him a seven-year contract, worth $245 million from countries. Unfortunately, he was unable to continue his strong play and live up to the new deal.
Strasburg has been battling injury since first training with the Nationals team in 2009. He underwent Tommy John surgery early in his career, which resulted in his ear closures. fame in 2012 though remained healthy and the Nationals reached the post-season period that year.
“I feel like every time I have an injury, I feel as though I’m going to be the best I’ll be back,” Strasburg said. “This is one that is definitely still a big question mark.”
As injuries continue to mount, it’s clear that his prime is in 2019. Now, he’s nearing the end with his best years behind him.