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Washington Nationals’ Stephen Strasburg to undergo thoracic outlet surgery

Jun 1, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg (37) throws against the Atlanta Braves in the first inning at Truist Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 1, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg (37) throws against the Atlanta Braves in the first inning at Truist Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Washington Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg will undergo season-ending thoracic outlet surgery, manager Dave Martinez told reporters on Tuesday.

Strasburg will have the surgery on Wednesday in Dallas.

The 33-year-old Strasburg hasn’t pitched since June 1 due to a neck injury. He has experienced multiple setbacks since being shut down and a meeting with a neck specialists on Monday confirmed the surgery was necessary.

Martinez said the expectation is that Strasburg will be ready for spring training in February.

Strasburg departed after 1 1/3 innings of the game against the Atlanta Braves on June 1. The three-time All-Star is 1-2 with a 4.57 ERA in five starts this season.

It is the second straight injury shortened season for Strasburg. He pitched just five innings over two starts in 2020 due to a hand injury and subsequently underwent carpal tunnel surgery.

Strasburg signed a seven-year, $245 million deal after helping the Nationals beat the Houston Astros in the 2019 World Series. So far, Washington has received just 26 1/3 innings from Strasburg in the first two seasons of the deal.

Strasburg is 113-61 with a 3.21 ERA in 246 career starts. He finished third in National League Cy Young Award voting in 2017, when he went 15-4 with a 2.52 ERA in 28 starts.

He went 18-6 in 2019 as the Nationals rebounded from a slow start and went on to win the World Series. Strasburg went 5-0 in the postseason and was named World Series MVP.

–Field Level Media