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Strasburg updates recovery

Sep 28, 2010, 7:43 PM EST

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Stephen Strasburg just held a conference call with reporters, updating everyone on his recovery from Tommy John surgery for the first time since undergoing the procedure on September 3.

I'll have a full story on later this afternoon, but among the highlights from Strasburg…

— He had the cast removed from his right arm two weeks ago and has since been working on getting his range of motion back. He'll start the actual rehab process shortly. "It's healing very nicely."

— So far, everything has gone according to plan. The recovery process from the ligament replacement surgery is so detailed, doctors have each of Strasburg's steps mapped out for the next 12 months, right down to the day he'll throw a professional pitch again. Strasburg said he hasn't been surprised by any aspect of the process to this point, which he's been told is a good thing. "The more boring it is, the better," he said.

— With all this time off, Strasburg is resuming his academic career and continues to pursue his degree at San Diego State.

— Strasburg said he's been watching the Nats closely since leaving them, though it's tough to watch his teammates and know he can't be there to assist. He did watch last night's debacle, saying: "It didn't look too good, that's for sure. It happens. Unfortunately, we weren'tRead more »

  1. raymitten - Sep 28, 2010 at 7:49 PM

    The more I know this guy the more I like him. Great quotes, Mark.

  2. Anonymous - Sep 28, 2010 at 7:51 PM

    I was talking to someone at the ballpark on Sunday and we agreed that it all seemed like some sort of dream. Say what you will about bandwagon fans, it was fun to see a packed park all cheering for the Nats. Watching that mess last night, it's hard to believe June 8 ever happened.

  3. Anonymous - Sep 28, 2010 at 7:56 PM

    He is done, D – O – N – E done! Luck of the Nats put him on the scrap heap with Patterson, Hill, Flores and numerous others.The great part about this is that the Lerners will bet upset all the money they spent on him was a waste and we will be drafting below slot, letting free agents (Dunn) go and not signing anyone.I hate to say it but this franchise is doomed, give it 5 more years and I guarantee that the Nats will leave us and be playing in another city.No DC sports team will ever be good again. Thanks and good night.

  4. court - Sep 28, 2010 at 8:00 PM

    Thanks Anon-hole

  5. Josh - Sep 28, 2010 at 8:03 PM

    We all miss you, Stephen. Hope the rest of the recovery goes smoothly and you will be ready to resume your domination in 2012.

  6. P. Cole - Sep 28, 2010 at 8:05 PM

    You're an idiot.

  7. Mark - Sep 28, 2010 at 8:06 PM

    Loved the last paragraph and "F" the hater above. This is great news after an a$$ whooping last night!

  8. Anonymous - Sep 28, 2010 at 8:08 PM

    One day the Nats WILL do the mound stomp at CBP, the sooner the sweeter. I believe!! JTinSC

  9. JaneB - Sep 28, 2010 at 8:10 PM

    Anon at 3:56, what did you drink to make you see the world as all doom and gloom? Did you miss the stats on many more pitchers come back STRONGER following Tommy John surgery? This negativity sounds like a world view, which is too bad for those around you. The glass is not half empty and leaking here.

  10. NatsJack in Florida - Sep 28, 2010 at 8:12 PM

    Anonymous 3:56…. I guess watching Jesus Flores crush a 400' double and make solid throws to 2nd base and 3rd base this past Saturday under the watchfull eye of Bob Boone and Pat Corales was a dream. He's already scheduled to play Winter Ball in DR and will be fighting Pudge and Ramos for a prominent role in Spring Training.He's in the best shape of his young career.

  11. natsfan1a - Sep 28, 2010 at 8:14 PM

    The kid does seem to say all the right things (and I hate people who get the words wrong ;-)).Good luck with your continued recovery, SS.

  12. Anonymous - Sep 28, 2010 at 8:22 PM

    Flores recovery makes Norris easier to trade …. looks like they have more coming after him now … with Freitas especially.

  13. natsfan1a - Sep 28, 2010 at 8:28 PM

    Also, good on the kid for taking the opportunity to further his higher education. You can't play ball forever, and it's great when players can finish their degrees as well, imo.

  14. Anonymous - Sep 28, 2010 at 8:41 PM

    SS opened my eyes to the Nats, and made me a baseball fan again, after taking 25 years off. Long time Nats fans take heart. I grew up rooting for the 69 Mets. The impossible is possible. I now follow the Nats every day. Go Nats!

  15. NatsJack in Florida - Sep 28, 2010 at 8:50 PM

    I saw Frietas Friday. Once you see someone like Flores, you see how far someone like Frietas has to go before he's ML ready.

  16. NatinBeantown - Sep 28, 2010 at 9:26 PM

    Anon 4:41 – Welcome aboard, and give yourself a handle for the comments! We need all the positivity in here we can muster, especially from someone who's already learned that they GOTTA BELIEVE.

  17. Anonymous - Sep 28, 2010 at 9:28 PM

    I saw Frietas Friday. Once you see someone like Flores, you see how far someone like Frietas has to go before he's ML ready.Thus the trade to get Ramos. Nieves looks like AAAA (he'll never be MLB ready) even defensively. Learning to catch takes a lot of additional time.

  18. Anonymous - Sep 28, 2010 at 9:30 PM

    Sorry Beantown but Nats anonymi rule. Everyone with a handle drools.

  19. LoveDaNats - Sep 28, 2010 at 10:00 PM

    Anon@5:30My preschoolers say that.

  20. A DC Wonk - Sep 28, 2010 at 10:08 PM

    whoa . . . that's the first I've heard about Flores. So, NatsJack, tell us more about Flores and and Harper's going?

  21. BinM - Sep 28, 2010 at 10:42 PM

    NatsJack: So good to hear from 'eyes on the front lines'. Looking forward to checking up on Flores' progress in the Winter Leagues; A healthy return in Spring Training would be a pleasant reset in the Nationals outlook. ———-Anon@4:22: Catchers in MLB have the average lifespan of NFL running backs – 3 to 5 years, for the most part before injuries beat them down, imo. The truly great ones (Dickey, Berra, Fisk, Bench, I.Rodriguez, maybe Mauer) are lucky & seem to duck the major injury (Cochrane) or horror (Campaneris, Munson) that befell others. The Twins may yet regret trading Ramos, but wanted a chance at the 'brass ring' this year, so they made the deal.

  22. Anonymous - Sep 29, 2010 at 1:53 AM

    Dunn was very short with Debbie Taylor in the post-game interview. He's sick of being strung along month after month after month by the idiots who run the Nationals. Soon he'll be gone. We won't need 100 RBI from anyone next year.

  23. HabsProf - Sep 29, 2010 at 2:44 AM

    Wow. I'm a university professor and I and my colleagues often lament the number of students who just don't seem to care. To see a guy who is financially set for life returning to school to finish his degree really warms my heart.This doesn't surprise me entirely: I know from colleagues and other students that SS was always went to class and took his studies seriously, even as the draft was approaching. Who knows what the future will bring for SS? No matter what happens, I do know this: I like and respect the kid. It is easy to cheer for him.

  24. Anonymous - Sep 29, 2010 at 1:49 PM

    QUESTION: What is to prevent Strassy from having the same injury after he is healed?





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