Stephen Strasburg’s 2021 season has come to an end, as the righty will undergo surgery for neurogenic thoracic outlet syndrome on Wednesday, Nationals manager Davey Martinez said on Tuesday.
Washington hopes Strasburg will be ready to take the mound again for spring training ahead of the 2022 MLB regular season. Strasburg suffered a neck strain on June 1 during a win vs. the Atlanta Braves, and after repeated setbacks during his recovery process, is unable to resume pitching this season.
“It definitely hurts the team, but with that being said, Stephen has worked to try to come back, and unfortunately this is the steps we gotta take now,” Martinez said. “But hopefully we get this fixed and he’ll be ready to come back and help us next year.”
Strasburg missing the remainder of the 2021 season means he'll have only pitched in seven regular-season games since the Nationals won the 2019 World Series.
“I know he’s frustrated, as we all are. But sometimes things don’t work out like you want and we gotta move forward,” Martinez said. “Hopefully this will help us move forward. At least now we know hopefully what’s going on and he gets through this and he rehabs and we get him back.”
News of Strasburg’s surgery is the latest in a whirlwind week for Washington ahead of the MLB Trade Deadline on July 30. Entering Tuesday's game against the Phillies, the Nationals have lost five straight including two straight walk-off losses.