The Washington Nationals expressed concern today over the latest physical setback for rookie pitching phenom Stephen Strasburg, but maintained they are positive about his long-term stability.
"He is experiencing some discomfort and that is never something you want for a player, of course," said Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo. "However, most of the pain seems to be centralized in a huge elbow tumor he has suddenly developed, so it's nothing structurally wrong, which is an obvious relief."
The Nationals discovered the elbow tumor during an MRI on Strasburg's strained forearm, but it had been quite visible for several days, protruding off of his right elbow to the size of a watermelon. The team hopes the tumor can be easily removed with out-patient surgery, although that surgery will present some complications as Strasburg developed hemophilia on Tuesday. He also must now breathe pure oxygen at all times due to Strasburg Syndrome, a newly-discovered lung disease affecting Stephen Strasburg.
"These are typical injuries for a young pitcher throwing significant innings for the first time in his career," said Rizzo. "The fact of the matter is that we were planning to limit his work down the stretch anyway, so everything is in line with our plan."
Rizzo then excused himself to continue administering mouth-to-mouth resuscitation to the flame-throwing rookie in hopes Strasburg can make his next scheduled start.