Nationals fans who are losing their minds over the prospect of Tanner Roark starting over Stephen Strasburg in an elimination game can now rest easy, because Stras is now magically available to start today’s Game 4. Scott Boras said his boy has been dealing with “flu-like symptoms”, but the Nats have officially made the call to go with Strasburg:
Of course, Dusty Baker initially told reporters Strasburg couldn’t pitch because he threw a bullpen session Tuesday, but that turned out to be wrong (via USA Today):
Nationals manager Dusty Baker tried to cover for Strasburg at their press conference, saying that Strasburg threw a bullpen session Tuesday and was simply unavailable.
Only Strasburg actually threw his bullpen session Monday.
He didn’t throw a pitch Tuesday.
And decided, apparently, that he couldn’t go in Game 4.
There’s a lot of BS going on here, but the main takeaway is Strasburg is pitching (after getting murdered by the media) — and there’s like a 40 percent chance TBS cameras catch him vomiting.