Originally written on Rumors and Rants  |  Last updated 4/30/13

Critics have long suggested that Washington Nationals right-handed ace Stephen Strasburg’s career will end up being short because of his herky-jerky delivery. Those critics have more ammunition now, as CSNWashington’s Mark Zuckerman is reporting that Strasburg is experiencing forearm tightness and could miss his next start. Strasburg has had a number of arm issues since breaking into the big leagues in 2010, and he missed all of the 2011 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery in September of 2010. He returned in 2012 and threw 159.1 innings and was wildly successful. But, again, many still believed the success would be short-lived because of the incredible strain put on his right am during his delivery. So far this season Strasburg is 1-4 with a 3.13 ERA and had lost four straight starts before getting a no-decision on Monday night. He had to be evaluated by a doctor after the game, which the Nationals lost 3-2. During the start, Strasburg didn’t look comfortable on the mound and appeared to shake his arm from time to time after throwing pitches. Nationals manager Davey Johnson said Strasburg “doesn’t look right to me.” Johnson continued: “His command was way off, so I knew something was off … He was shaking his elbow more frequently … I was really concerned. Any other time, I might have let him continue. Hopefully it’s no more than a tired arm or something.” Strasburg has denied that he will miss his next start, but I’m willing to bet the Nationals won’t risk trotting him out to the mound unless they are convinced he is 100 percent healthy. In 2012, Strasburg finally lived up to his billing. In 28 starts he posted a 15-6 record, with a 3.16 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP. He also had 197 strikeouts against just 48 walks in the aforementioned 159.1 innings. With his incredibly taxing delivery something has to change if Strasburg plans on being in the majors for a long time.

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Isaiah Thomas rips list that ranks him 88th-best in NBA

Australian television want 49ers to showcase Jarryd Hayne

Urban Meyer: We will announce starting QB first snap of season

Mike Shanahan: Kirk Cousins will be a top-10 NFL QB

Raiders Khalil Mack is going to be a superstar

Buffalo Bills name Tyrod Taylor their starting QB

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Clemson QB Deshaun Watson: My goal is to go undefeated

Chip Kelly praises Tim Tebow: ‘He’s had a good camp’

Jay Gruden: RG3 benched for performance, not concussion

Judge: No settlement in Brady against NFL, decision by Friday

Wozniacki: Media should move on from McIlroy relationship

Hogan contemplated suicide after racist rant went public

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Five NFL teams that should trade for Robert Griffin III

10 takeaways from Week 3 of the NFL preseason

Cubs' Jake Arrieta no-hits the Dodgers

Chicago Bears release Tim Jennings

U.S. Open men's preview

U.S. Open women's preview

D'Angelo Russell zings Lakers fans

Every NBA division's most interesting rookie for 2015-16

Fantasy football round-by-round draft strategy

Ronda Rousey's Carl’s Jr. ad

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker