2021 MLB Injury Updates: Stephen Strasburg Heads to IL

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If the 5-9 (.417) start to the Wahington Nationals season wasn’t bad enough, the latest MLB injury updates now have Nats righty Stephen Strasburg on the IL. Strasburg was due to make his third start today (vs. the Diamondbacks) but was scratched. On the season, Strasburg has had two starts (total 10.0 IP), netting himself an 0-1 record, a 6.30 ERA, and a less than desirable WHIP of 1.600; he has also collected 11 punchouts.

Strasburg is now being sidelined for right shoulder inflammation, but although he is currently listed on the 10-Day IL, there is reportedly no timetable for his return. Joining Strasburg is Nationals’ RHP (reliever) Wander Suero, who is also now on the 10-Day IL with an oblique issue. Other Washington pitchers currently sidelined include starter LHP Jon Lester (COVID-19 protocols), righty-reliever Will Harris (inflammation in his throwing hand), and lefty-reliever Luis Avilán, who’s out with a UCL tear.

Nationals’ manager Dave Martinez told, “For me, it’s been a crazy start of the year from the beginning. We’ve got to start looking at some of this stuff and the possibility of some of these things happening. It’s unfortunate, but we’ve got to move on.”

The Nationals have been battling uphill since what should have been Opening Day when their opening series with the Mets was canceled due to COVID-19 issues.

MLB Injury Updates: Strasburg’s Injury History

Although a force to be reckoned with when healthy, Strasburg – currently enjoying a seven-year/$245M contract – is certainly no stranger to injury issues. According to, Strasburg’s injuries include:

08/15/2020 – 09/27/2020WSHHand44$8,512,988
07/25/2018 – 08/22/2018WSHShoulder29$2,338,966
06/09/2018 – 07/20/2018WSHShoulder42$3,387,468
07/27/2017 – 08/19/2017WSHElbow24$1,967,208
08/21/2016 – 09/07/2016WSHElbow18$1,022,958
06/16/2016 – 07/03/2016WSHBack18$1,022,958
07/05/2015 – 08/08/2015WSHOblique35$1,415,295
05/30/2015 – 06/23/2015WSHNeck25$1,010,925
06/06/2013 – 06/16/2013WSHArm11$234,421
03/28/2012 – 10/03/2012WSHElbow- TJ Surg.190$3,114,670
03/31/2011 – 09/06/2011WSHElbow- TJ Surg.160$2,185,760
08/24/2010 – 10/03/2010WSHElbow41$868,175
07/29/2010 – 08/10/2010WSHShoulder13$275,275
Information provided from

Let that marinate… $27,357,067 in total salary paid to Strasburg for injured time over the course of his (now) 12 seasons in MLB. All I can say is that’s one hell of a workman’s comp policy…

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Ken Allison is the senior of two MLB Department Heads, as well as a writer and editor for Overtime Heroics. A life-long MLB fan, he's also written for CubsHQ and had the opportunity to try out for the Chicago Cubs in 1986.