All-Star pitcher Stephen Strasburg was expected to miss just one start after leaving his July 23 start with a sore right forearm.
Fast-forward two weeks later, and Strasburg still doesn't have a timetable to return.
However, even with full knowledge of his injury history, fellow starter Tanner Roark is not concerned about Strasburg in the slightest while headed towards then postseason. Or so he says.
"No panic whatsoever," Roark told the Washington Post.
According to the team, Strasburg has been looking good throwing the ball, but he is going slow to make sure the pain doesn't return. "He sort of took it at his own pace, easing in, getting extension, then letting it go," pitching coach Mike Maddux said of a recent throwing session.
Strasburg is having another very good year for the Nats. He is 10-3, 3.25 ERA, and has 141 strikeouts in 121.2 innings.
Most games with 7+ IP, ≤ 2 ER, & 9+ strikeouts, Nats/Expos history:— Doug Kern (@dakern74) August 8, 2017
Pedro Martinez 33
Max Scherzer 29
Stephen Strasburg 28
The Nationals and Strasburg can certainly take their time, though, as long as the end result is there. They have a huge lead in the NL East and need Strasburg to be ready for the postseason much more than they need him during the dog days.