Nationals placed pitcher Stephen Strasburg on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to July 22, with a pinched nerve in his neck. Pinched nerves in the neck are usually caused by a narrowing of the channel the nerve uses to exit the spine bones of the neck (neural foramen). This can be caused by a disc bulge/herniation, bone spurs, or overgrown ligaments in the region. Telltale signs and symptoms depend on which nerve is pinched, but generally involve neck and/or arm pain, numbness and tingling, and occasionally weakness when severe.
Depending on severity, treatment includes anti-inflammatory medications, physical therapy, traction, and epidural steroid injections. Severe and refractory cases may need surgery.
Mild and moderate cases usually will have a RTP within 2-4 weeks, but if surgery is needed, it would likely be season-ending.