(Miguel Batista is not Stephen Strasburg, but he was an unlikely hero on Tuesday night. AP Photo.)
"Imagine if you go to see Miss Universe, then you end up having Miss Iowa, you might get those kind of boos. But it's okay. They have to understand that as an organization we have to make sure that the kid is fine. You don't want to expose him out there and screw up his future."
(Miguel Batista, via Washington Post, 7/27/2010)
Miguel Batista saves Strasmas.
Now, if he could only do something about that inflammation in Strasburg's shoulder.
Nationals 3, Braves 0: Nightmare win. Strasburg scratched, Batista enters to boos but exits to cheers.
Oh yes, there was a game last night, but the only thing that matters is the health of Stephen Strasburg's arm. Good news, though: there's no structural damage, and Rizzo's calling him day-to-day. Via Washington Post:
The Nationals consider Strasburg day-to-day after a body of medical tests revealed right shoulder inflammation and soreness but no structural damage, Rizzo said. An X-ray came back negative, and an MRI exam taken before the game ended showed no changes from the MRI the Nationals performed on Strasburg immediately after they signed him last summer -- no damage to his labrum or rotator cuff.
(via Washington Post, 7/28/2010)
So why don't we feel encouraged by the news?
Time to shut down Baseball Jesus for a game? Two games? The season? See you in 2011!