Mystery Surrounds Stephen Strasburg’s Absence from Washington Nationals Spring Training

Stephen Strasburg placed on 60-day injured list by Nationals

The Washington Nationals have announced that pitcher Stephen Strasburg will be placed on the 60-day injured list before their game in Cincinnati. Despite being named the 2019 World Series MVP, Strasburg has been dealing with injuries that have impacted his career and has not pitched since June 2022. Initially, Strasburg announced his retirement in late August, but the Nationals did not hold a retirement news conference. The team stated that they looked forward to seeing Strasburg at spring training, but the 35-year-old right-hander did not report to the Nationals facility in West Palm Beach, Florida.

The only practical impact of him being on the roster is that it takes up a protected spot for the Rule 5 draft in December. Strasburg receives $35 million annually, with an amount of $11,428,571 deferred each year at 1% interest. The deferred money is payable in equal installments of $26,666,667 on July 1 in 2027, 2028, and 2029, with an interest payment of $3,999,974 on December 31, 2029. There may be negotiations regarding restructuring the money owed to Strasburg as part of a retirement agreement.

In addition to Strasburg, the Nationals selected the contracts of right-handers Matt Barnes and Derek Law as well as outfielders Eddie Rosario and Jesse Winkler from Triple-A Rochester. Barnes

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