By Lew Gould

Stephen Strasburg, the 2019 World Series MVP whose career was derailed by injuries, has officially retired from baseball.

Strasburg, 35, was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2009 amateur draft and briefly rose to stardom, leading the franchise to the first championship in Washington Nationals history.

But he has not pitched since June 9, 2022 — his only start that season, which lasted 4⅔ innings before going back on the injured list.

“Today, I am announcing my retirement from the game I love,” Strasburg said in a statement released Sunday. “I realized after repeated attempts to return to pitching, injuries no longer allow me to perform at a Major League level. …

“Although I will always wish there were more games to be pitched, I find comfort knowing I left it all out there for the only team I’ve known.”

He had surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome, a nerve and blood disorder that involves removing a rib and two neck muscles.

Strasburg has thrown only 528 pitches in the majors since signing a $245 million, seven-year contract in December 2019 and did not report to spring training in 2023 or 2024.


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