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Strasburg says DL move is precautionary, expects to return soon

Strasburg says DL move is precautionary, expects to return soon

BALTIMORE — Stephen Strasburg's recent drop off has been so uncharacteristic that it seemed more than plausible that the he may have been dealing with some undisclosed injury. After all, the right hander went 0-3 with a 14.66 ERA in just 11 2/3 innings of work, including last Wednesday’s career-worst outing in Colorado.

And as it turns out, something was up. The Nationals announced Monday that they placed Strasburg on the 15-day disabled list with right elbow soreness. The news was particularly concerning at first, especially considering that it was the 28-year-old’s first arm-related injury since undergoing Tommy John Surgery back in 2010.

But in his meeting with reporters before Monday's game against the Baltimore Orioles, he said the move was strictly precautionary. 

“I wanted to go out there and give it a go,” said Strasburg, who was scheduled to make his first career start Monday in Camden Yards. “…They thought it was [in my] best interest to kind of let it recover now instead of trying to just gut it out and essentially not be available later on.”

Strasburg revealed that he had been dealing with range of motion issues since the All-Star break, and that his recovery between starts was becoming increasingly difficult. However, he maintains that those issues had not affected him in his starts. 

As a Tommy John survivor, Strasburg also mentioned that he continues to learn how to maintain his arm throughout the season. With this latest DL stint, that could include more flexibility training to augment his weight lifting.

"Your arm works a little bit differently when you do have a surgery like that,” Strasburg said. “I had it when I was young, so I think my body just physically was a little bit in a different spot….I am 28 now, so [I'm] probably not gonna be getting any stronger."

The hope is that Strasburg will be able to rest the arm in the next few days, and return in time for the Nats' stretch run before the postseason. 

“I'm just gonna listen to the training staff," he said, "and hopefully we'll get me back out there feeling good sooner rather than later.”

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Did Max Scherzer's dance moves cause the Junkies' broadcast to lose power?

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Did Max Scherzer's dance moves cause the Junkies' broadcast to lose power?

Watching Max Scherzrer rack up Ks during a game is a usual sight for fans.

Dancing is not.

On Wednesday while the Sports Junkies were broadcasting at Nats Spring Training in West Palm Beach, we got a taste of what the back-to-back Cy Young Award winner has to offer on the dance floor. 

With just about a week left until their season kicks off, manager Dave Martinez hired a DJ for the day's workout, saying he wanted to "turn it up a notch." 

Well he turned it up a few too many notches, causing the back end of the complex where the Junkies were broadcasting to lose power.

While the Junkies were put in a pickle because of said DJ, we were able to get a glance of Scherzer dancing to Drakes' "God's Plan."


It's nice to see the usually lazer-focused pitcher let loose.

While Scherzer's dance moves didn't actually cause the Junkies to lose power, it's nice to think they were too much for the ballpark to handle. 

106.7 The Fans Sports Junkies simulcasts on NBC Sports Washington every weekday morning from 6:00 to 10:00 am ET. You can stream the Sports Junkies right here

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The sound of Bryce Harper's first spring training HR is beautiful


The sound of Bryce Harper's first spring training HR is beautiful

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. 


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.