San Diego State righthander Stephen Strasburg left his Mountain West tournament start today against New Mexico in the eighth inning with a cramp in his back. The Aztecs’ internet radio broadcasters suggested it was an oblique strain, according to friend of BA Kirk Kenney, but I just spoke with SDSU pitching coach Rusty Filter, who said it’s nothing serious.
"He just cramped up in his back," Filter said. "He was coming out in one more batter anyway. He threw one more pitch, and enough was enough. He’s fine—he’ll be ready to go. He’s back at the hotel bouncing around like college kids do."
Strasburg allowed just three hits over 7 2/3 scoreless innings in SDSU’s 2-1 win, striking out six (tying his season low). He left after just 90 pitches, following a four-pitch walk to Adam Courcha and one more pitch—a ball—to Daniel Gonzalez. That was Strasburg’s only walk of the game.
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