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Strasburg on pace to return Tuesday

Aug 3, 2010, 11:52 PM EST

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
Stephen Strasburg walks alongside Steve McCatty after his bullpen session today.

Updated at 8:20 p.m.

PHOENIX — Stephen Strasburg threw 25 pitches off a bullpen mound this afternoon and reported no problems with his right shoulder, a development that has team officials fairly confident the rookie will be able to return from the disabled list in one week.

"He didn't have any problems, before or after," Nationals trainer Lee Kuntz said, adding that Strasburg's inflammed shoulder "feels better."

In his first mound appearance since getting scratched moments before his July 27 start against the Braves, Strasburg threw fastballs, curveballs and changeups at full velocity, though he didn't throw as many pitches as he normally would during a between-starts bullpen session.

"He was letting it go," Kuntz said.

Next up for Strasburg will be a simulated game against teammates Thursday afternoon at Chase Field, then another bullpen session Saturday at Dodger Stadium. If all goes well, the Nationals are planning to activate him off the disabled list next Tuesday and haveRead more »

  1. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_for_Me - Aug 4, 2010 at 12:02 AM

    Pitch to me, Jesus, pitch to me.

  2. Doc - Aug 4, 2010 at 12:59 AM

    While the Nats were negotiating to sign SS last year, there was some discussion on other sports sites about SS's mechanics leading to his current down time. Don Copper, pitching coach of the ChiSox, is the latest to chime in. I guess I'd like to hear from the Nats staff on the same issue(s)–afterall they should know SS and his mechanics best.

  3. Anonymous - Aug 4, 2010 at 1:10 AM

    @Doc, compare the video of Yunieski Maya with any of Stras pitching. Maya has very advanced and well honed pitching mechanics. That should help you a bit. Would Stras improve if he worked on his mechanics? Slightly yes, but he would also gain longevity which might be more important? See Orlando Hernandez, Livan Hernadez for some evidence that might be a logical conclusion?

  4. Doc - Aug 4, 2010 at 1:41 AM

    @Anonymous, thanks, I kinda thought that there would be some frank perceptions out there on our favorite blog site. Anything that will help this great talent preserve his career should be inserted into his routine. SS is smart enough, and apparently so well conditioned it would seem that an improvement in his mechanics is a no-brainer. Hopefully, McCatty & Co. feel the same way. I'm going to watch Maya and see what he does.





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