WASHINGTON — Stephen Strasburg would not return for the Washington Nationals if they were to advance to the NL Championship Series with a win Thursday night over the Los Angeles Dodgers, manager Dusty Baker said.
The 28-year-old right-hander experienced minor discomfort in his right arm while throwing a bullpen session Monday.
“It would be a miracle,” Baker said of Strasburg’s readiness to pitch in the NLCS.
Strasburg’s throwing session was his second off a mound since going on the disabled list Sept. 7 with a strained flexor mass.
This is not the first time Strasburg has missed playoff action. In 2012, when the Nationals won their first division title, Strasburg was shut down in early September thanks to concerns about his health in the wake of his 2010 Tommy John surgery.
The top overall pick in the 2009 MLB draft, Strasburg participated in Washington’s second postseason appearance in 2014. He took the loss in Game 1 of the NLDS against the San Francisco Giants. This season, Strasburg was 15-4 with a 3.60 ERA. He was named an All-Star for the second time following a first half in which he went 12-0 with a 2.62 ERA.
Information from ESPN’s Britt McHenry and Eddie Matz was used this report.