Washington Nationals unsure of Stephen Strasburg’s status for 2023 season

NEW YORK — Stephen Strasburg’s status for 2023 is up in the air after a series of injuries that limited him to one start this season, Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said Tuesday.

“It’s still a little bit of a mystery,” Rizzo said of the 2019 World Series MVP ahead of the Nationals scheduled for a doubles game with the New York Mets. “I know he’s working hard to strengthen his core and the other parts of his body. We just have to see. With the kind of surgery and rehab he’s had, it’s unfamiliar to us. It’s unfamiliar to a lot of people. We have to take it day by day.

The 34-year-old right-hander has pitched 31⅓ innings in just eight starts over the past three seasons. He had carpal tunnel surgery in 2020 and required surgery to correct thoracic outlet syndrome in 2021.

After his only start in 2022, he went back on the injured list with a rib stress reaction.

“We’ll have to see where the rehab process takes us later in the winter,” said Rizzo. “We will monitor him. He’s local so we’re going to see him all the time and see where he goes into spring training mode.”

Strasburg is a three-time All-Star who signed a $245 million contract after helping Washington win a championship in 2019.

He is 113-62 with a 3.24 ERA for his career.

Meeting with reporters towards the end of a tough season – Washington came into Tuesday with a worst Majors and Nationals-worst record of 55-104 and sent off the team’s top player, outfielder Juan Soto, at the close of trade – Rizzo spoke about it in an “autopsy of the organization”.

“I consider the season a disappointment,” said Rizzo. “I’ve always said you are what your record says and our record says we’re the worst team in the league right now. It’s hard to disagree. The downside is that we’re in a process.”

Rizzo and manager Dave Martinez received contract extensions during the season. Martinez said Tuesday his entire coaching staff will return next year.

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Emma Bowman

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