Stephen Strasburg’s wrist nerve problem who ended his 2020 season after five innings was exacerbated every time he threw a baseball, he said Sunday, and would “basically go from numbness in my thumb to numbness in my entire hand.” .
Speaking to reporters for the first time since before it was shut down in August, the Washington Nationals ace said the problem disappeared immediately after the 15-minute carpal tunnel surgery.
The 2019 World Series MVP started preparing for this season much earlier than usual, making a light catch on November 1 instead of mid-December, and throwing bullpens in early January instead of late in the month. .
“As for stamina, stamina, I feel like I’m much more advanced than I’ve [been] In years past, “the right-handed starter explained.” I wanted to give myself a little extra time to work on some mechanical stuff and be ready to go on day one. “
That was it: The 32-year-old was pitching off a mound alongside his teammates during practice Friday.
“He’s one of our workhorses. And not seeing him out there was difficult. But for me, if he ever got hurt and ever fixed a problem, last year would have been the time,” manager Dave Martinez said. “I’m glad he fixed it, and I’m glad it feels great.”
Strasburg said the intermittent nature of last year’s pandemic-affected schedule – spring training stopped in March and then teams resumed preparations in July – was tough on his arm.
There was a period of uncertainty about when the so-called “summer camp” would begin, so Strasburg would launch into a network to try to be ready.
It was when things recovered that the numbness first appeared.
“If he had known he was going to start when he did, he definitely wouldn’t have had a baseball for some time,” he said. “It ended up hurting me more than it helped.”
Martinez said the SS Trea Turner could “possibly” move from No. 1 to No. 2 or No. 3 in the lineup. “We have a lot of different lineups, different numbers, talking to a group of our analytical people. Honestly, I’d like to get [CF Victor] Robles at the top of the lineup, even if it’s only against left-handed pitchers. “… The Nationals would love to avoid the kind of poor start they managed to overcome in 2019 (19-31), so how do they do it? Martinez said he could ask position players to play seven, eight or nine entries in the last 10 days of exhibition games. “I want these guys to be ready on May 1 on April 1,” he said.