Stephen Strasburg's 2020 season sounds close to a conclusion.
Strasburg saw a nerve specialist Thursday and was diagnosed with carpal tunnel neuritis, as expected. He has two recovery options going forward: rest or surgery.
"So, now we're going to sit back and discuss what the plans are moving forward," Davey Martinez said Friday. "I haven't seen Stephen today. I'm going to talk to him and see what his options are and what he wants to do. I think it's something that's going to have to be fixed. So, we'll see. I want to talk to him first before [making a decision] and get his thoughts on things."
Strasburg has made two starts this season after missing his first two scheduled starts of the year. His opening start lasted five innings. The second lasted just two outs before Martinez and athletic training Paul Lessard went to the mound to remove Strasburg.
The organization thought Strasburg's nerve problem was resolved before he took the mound this year. Strasburg said he wanted to pitch through the irritation which largely affected his thumb and emanated from his wrist. Both were the wrong approach.
Now, the Nationals at least have a distinct diagnosis. Martinez will meet with Strasburg to see what the offseason recipient of a seven-year, $245 million contract wants to do next. Strasburg's personal competitiveness put him back on the mound in the first place. His concern about his long-term future -- something he often cited despite pitching this season -- remains a large influence on the outcome.
"I think it helps us all knowing we can have a plan going forward," Martinez said. "My concern is always Stephen and hope that he recovers as quick as possible, regardless whether he pitches again this year or not, but he's ready to go in spring training next year. We'll see what happens after I talk to him, what his plans are, what he wants to do, and we'll go from there. He's going to be missed no matter what. He'll be missed. The rest of these guys know what they need to do, they'll pick up the slack and we'll go from there."
Erick Fedde is the recipient of a rotation spot because of Strasburg's injury. Fedde has a 2.55 ERA in five appearances -- two of which were starts -- this season.
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Surgery among the options going forward for Stephen Strasburg originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington