Following a scare Monday night regarding “tightness” in Stephen Strasburg’s forearm, Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo said Tuesday morning that the ace’s right arm is “structurally perfect” and he is not expected to miss a start.
Rizzo said Strasburg has “no problem” and only suffered “irritation” in his right forearm, possibly related to overuse of a muscle-stimulation machine prior to his start in Atlanta against the Braves. The muscle issue is not related to the ligament Strasburg had repaired during Tommy John surgery in 2010, Rizzo said.
“He’s strong as an ox,” Rizzo said.
Monday night, Manager Davey Johnson said Strasburg felt “forearm tightness” during his six-inning outing in a 3-2 loss to the Braves. Strasburg brushed aside questions and vowed he would not miss a start.
“It’s essentially something where he’s going to be okay,” Strasburg’s Scott Boras said this morning. “He felt a little sore and stiff. He doesn’t even think he’s going to miss a start.”

Strasburg raised concerns during his outing as he frequently shook his arm between pitches. (In the past, Strasburg has said he does that to remove sweat from his fingertips.) In the dugout after the sixth, Strasburg sat next to head athletic trainer Lee Kuntz.
In his final inning, Strasburg showed no signs of arm trouble. He struck out all three hitters he faced. To his final batter, superstar Justin Upton, Strasburg fired fastballs of 97, 97, 97 and 98-miles per hour to strike him out.
The condition of Strasburg’s arm “overrides everything,” Johnson said Monday night. “Hopefully he’s going to be all right. We’ll just have to wait and see.”