Rookie starter Craig Stammen, a member of Washington's pitching rotation since May, has been scratched from his start on Friday because of elbow soreness. An MRI, scheduled for Thursday in Washington, D.C., will determine the severity of the injury.Benefit of the doubt, pitchers get hurt a lot... blah blah blah... WTF!?!?!?!?!
"I don't really know what's going on," Stammen said of his elbow. "It's just painful. It doesn't feel good. It's kind of something that's built up over the course of the whole year. It's something I've pretty much dealt with over the course of the whole season. It's just kind of time to get it checked out right now."
Stammen, with a 4-7 record and a 5.11 ERA in 19 starts, admitted that he had been trying to "gut it out" and finish the season.
Stammen isn't the second coming of Tim Lincecum by any stretch of the imagination, but under no circumstances should any rookie 25-year-old pitching prospect of any grade be trying to "gut it out." You don't mess with elbows.
Why on Earth was he not sent for an MRI the day he complained of the soreness in the first place? Is the team being cheap? Did he hide it? These questions should be answered, especially when you have a manager, GM, and pitching coach all beating their chests every day about how old school they are.
I have questions, not answers, but Stammen's comment about trying to gut it out and the injury being there all year really, really worries me.