MLB Pitcher’s Awkward Physical Ailment
Published: May 16, 2012
MLB Pitcher’s Awkward Physical Ailment, Neither Stephen Strasburg nor his manager want to get into specifics about what led to a bad game.Yeesh. It sounds like even the great Stephen Strasburg isn’t impervious to feeling the burn a little more than is usually preferable.
In a somewhat mysterious episode on Tuesday afternoon, Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson told the team’s beat writers that Strasburg’s poor pitching performance was due in part to some “Hot Stuff” that “got to the wrong place.”
How the tingling*n*lgesic ointment reached somewhere it shouldn’t — or exactly what area of sensitive skin it came in contact with — the 69-year-old skipper didn’t know, or at least wouldn’t say. But coupled with a damp day at Nationals Park, it apparently had a negative effect on Strasburg who gave up four runs in four labored innings of work during Washington’s 6-1 loss to the San Diego Padres. It was the first loss of the year for the Nationals ace.
From the Associated Press:
”It was on his shoulder and evidently — I don’t know how it got to where it got, but it was uncomfortable, to say the least,” Johnson said with a chuckle.
Asked about it, Strasburg said: ‘”I’m going to keep that in the clubhouse.’”
After Johnson’s revelation hit the Internet — and, really, that’s the sort of thing the skipper should be keeping from jackals like us — there was some speculation that it was the product of a teammate’s prank and that the area in question involved, uh, Stephen’s Strasburgs.
But as much as the blogosphere would have liked to learn that it was Bryce Harper who lined Strasburg’s jock with Hot Stuff or that Strasburg was getting his Roger Clemens on, Washington Post reporter Adam Kilgore said no teammate looked guilty and that it was likely just an unfortunate transfer of ointment.
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