As I’m sure you all know, baseball’s phenom, Stephen Strasburg has a strained flexor tendon in his right forearm, his pitching arm. While a strained tendon is nothing to sneeze at, and it could very well end his season, surgery does not look to be necessary, and he should bounce back nicely. If his season is over, it will most likely be because the Nationals choose to shut him down for precautionary measures.
However, the real question here is, “is Stephen Strasburg the same as Mark Prior”?
The bad news for Nat’s fans: Strasburg and Mark Prior have remarkably similar mechanics, both making the dreaded, “inverted w” when pitching.
The good news: We know so little about pitching mechanics, the whole reason we say the inverted w is bad is because of Prior’s injuries. There is every chance that Prior’s arm just couldn’t take it, and Strasburg’s can. Joel Zumaya seems to always be hurt, while CC Sabathia (who doesn’t have very pretty mechanics) is never hurt.
So, will Strasburg eventually succumb to injuries? As much as I’d like to tell you, I really don’t know, only time will tell.