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Stephen Strasburg may need surgery due to carpal tunnel syndrome

Stephen Strasburg may be facing an extended absence after being diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome.

Washington Nationals manager Dave Martinez said Friday that treatment options are being discussed, including the possibility of surgery.

Any surgery would be season-ending at this point. That’s likely why the ace will explore options to see if he can push treatment until the offseason.

Strasburg’s injury is very unusual in an athletic context, but has been lingering for some time. It has bothered Strasburg’s pitching hand all season. He has made two ineffective starts, allowing six runs in five innings. He seemed to be past it in late July, but the issue flared up again in August.

The 32-year-old signed a big seven-year deal during the offseason. At this point, the first year of that contract looks to be lost.


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