The results of Stephen Strasburg's MRI are in and the prognosis appears good for the Nationals' right-hander, as he threw a bullpen session on Tuesday afternoon, just over 24 hours following the exam.
"Nothing serious, as we had hoped it wasn't," manager Dusty Baker said of the test results.
Strasburg is recovering from an upper back strain and has missed two starts since hurting himself. He was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Sunday retroactive to June 16.
The former All-Star suffered the injury working out in an incident that involved two of his ribs popping out of place. The 27-year-old does not have a timetable to return, but Baker seems hopeful it won't be an extended absence.
"[The MRI] makes me feel better," Baker said. "I told Stras that I prayed that it was nothing more than what it is, and I told him it was going to be alright. I said a prayer the night before and I just knew he was going to be alright."
Strasburg went down after holding a 2.90 ERA and 118 strikeouts in 93 innings this season. He is a perfect 10-0 through 14 starts.
The Nationals promoted top prospect Lucas Giolito on Tuesday to fill-in for Strasburg against the New York Mets. Strasburg also missed the Nats' matchup with the Los Angeles Dodgers on June 20.
It's that wonderful time of year again — when baseball teams flock to warmer climates for spring training and the regular season is practically around the corner — and Bryce Harper is already killing it.
It took the Washington Nationals a few games to brush away their offseason cobwebs and get back into gear, but since the beginning of March, they're riding a five-game win streak as of Sunday the 4th.
They are 6-4-1 in spring training going into Monday's matchup against the St. Louis Cardinals.
Since Thursday, the Nats have taken down — in order — the Atlanta Braves, New York Mets, defending World Series champion Houston Astros, the Detroit Tigers and the Mets again. Sunday's 6-2 win against the Tigers was in large part thanks to Harper's bat, as the star of the team drilled his first home run of spring training.
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Turn up the volume for this one because the sound of Harper's contact with the ball is just beautiful — and perhaps enough to get you pumped for the March 29 opener.
Harper blew this ball away in the bottom of the third for a two-run homer with Howie Kendrick on base. He also had a single in the fourth and finished the game with three RBI.
Gio Gonzalez was the winning pitcher for the Nats.
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We are fortunate enough to live in a world where we can watch a former Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback (attempt to) hit against a three-time Cy Young pitcher in a Major League Baseball preseason game.
Max Scherzer took less than a minute to strike out Tim Tebow, who was batting cleanup for the Mets in a spring training game Friday. You can watch the whole at-bat here:
It looks like Tebow and Scherzer are starting to develop a pattern - last year’s matchup between the two went down the exact same way.
Tebow was able to redeem himself later in the game with his first hit of the year against Nats prospect Erick Fedde. He will likely begin the season with the Double-A Binghamton Rumble Ponies, but Mets GM Sandy Alderson said he believes Tebow will eventually see some at-bats in the Majors.