A guy comes up to me at the MASN set in center field this afternoon and says "The Nationals need to figure out who's responsible for Strasburg's injury and fire that person immediately."
Let's see, who's on the list of suspects in this crime?
How about Domonic Brown, the Phillies' hitter at the plate when Strasburg felt the pain that took him out of the game? If he'd only swung and popped up on the previous pitch, this wouldn't have happened, right?
How about Padres' manager Bud Black? If only he'd not managed his team to a sweep of that late season series here in 2008, the Nats wouldn't have been handed that first overall pick.
What about Tony Gwynn? If he hadn't been so meticulous in handling Strasburg at San Diego State, maybe Stephen would've toughened up that darn ligament.
What about catcher Ivan Rodriguez? He's the one who called the pitch to Brown on which said ligament apparently snapped. He's actually the only person on this list who the Nats could actually "fire," though it would be one big severance check.
The fact is, no one's to blame. These things happen, and there's a long list of successful returns. Stephen can handle the rehab; no one doubts that for a second.
If Strasburg were listed on the NYSE, his stock would go down.
But not by much.