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Washington Nationals SP Stephen Strasburg (forearm) is expected to make his next start after experiencing right forearm tightness during his start Monday, April 29, but rival evaluators noticed a slackening of Strasburg's delivery in his previous start. One National League scout said Strasburg looked very different during April 19 against the New York Mets. "He was coming out of his delivery way too quick," the scout said. "His body was getting away from his arm. Several of us saw it in New York vs. Harvey." The mechanical glitch could have been an early sign that he was favoring his right arm. Strasburg walked four in his outing Monday and threw only 50 of his 93 pitches for strikes. He has walked 3.6 hitters per nine innings this season, which is more than one over his career average.

Fantasy Tip: These aren't very encouraging evaluations of Stras, and his owners should be mildly concerned at this point. The tightness in his forearm is the bigger worry, especially if it crops up again soon. The injury could be the result of poor mechanics, or poor mechanics might be the reason his mechanics have gone south. We just don't know yet. This may be a good time to dangle Strasburg on the trade market.

2013-04-30 10:28:15 | Source: The Washington Post - Thomas Boswell

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