(Up above, the lunging catch in the second that didn't help Strasburg's stiff back feel any better. Screen cap via MASN/MLB.com)
And so, with another stellar Stephen Strasburg start in the books, and 6 more innings checked off in Mike Rizzo's innings count ledger (133.1 for the season), we have officially entered the "savor every start" portion of Stephen Strasburg's 2012. (As an aside, it was probably a good thing that foul ball hit home plate umpire Dale Scott in the face, leading to a ~10 minute delay to knock Strasburg off his rhythm...imagine the uproar if Davey had to pull Stras with a no-no in the 7th with his pitch count soaring over 104...).
But here's good news for fans hoping there's some way to save some of those remaining innings into Ocotober: Strasburg's back is hurting him! Hmmm...
Strasburg actually pitched through a measure of pain. The middle of his back had stiffened from travel, sleeping on planes and such, a typical and minor ailment. To end the second inning, Strasburg made a lunging catch while covering first base. The play exacerbated the problem.
“It got a little stiff, especially standing out there for a little bit,” Strasburg said. “It happens. I wanted to go out there and grind through it." (via Washington Post, 8/11/2012)
Might want to have him skip an upcoming start, just to make sure everything's OK with the back?
(Screen caps via MASN/TV)