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Strasburg rehab update

Dec 20, 2010, 9:26 PM EST

Stephen Strasburg just held a brief conference call with beat writers to update everyone on his rehab from Tommy John surgery. No major news to report here; he's basically right on schedule with things.

Strasburg continues to go through plenty of strength and conditioning workouts, with an emphasis on building up his shoulder so as not to overcompensate as he returns from the elbow injury. He's scheduled to be examined by orthopedist Lewis Yocum (who performed the surgery on September 3) shortly after Christmas. Assuming he gets the green light from Yocum, Strasburg hopes to begin throwing for the first time sometime in late January at his home in San Diego. He will then report to spring training in Viera, Fla., with all the other pitchers and catchers in mid-February.

Here are some of the highlights from Strasburg's conference call…

Q: How is the rehab going and do you know when you'll be able to start throwing?
"It's going great right now. I've been making big strides with just total body strength. I'm going to go see [Dr.] Yocum right after the Christmas holiday, and he should give me a better indication of when I'm allowed to start throwing. I'm a little out of three months from surgery. Everything feels great. I'm just waiting for them to tell me
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  1. Rob Dibble - Dec 20, 2010 at 9:30 PM

    Suck it up, Straws. Rehabbing is for the weak – quit being such a girly-man and throw the dang baseball.

  2. Brian R. - Dec 20, 2010 at 9:37 PM

    "[Dr.] Yocum"Interesting, in a recent interview he said "Mr. Rizzo" but he doesn't say "Dr. Yocum"?

  3. Mr Donkey - Dec 20, 2010 at 9:43 PM

    Dibble – from broadcaster to internet troll in one season! Huzzah

  4. Doc - Dec 20, 2010 at 9:43 PM

    Dibs never changes–or at least his impersonators don't!It'd be nice to think that Nats trainers and pitching coaches pass on some of SS's experience to the other pitchers coming up. There's a lot of elbow/shoulder injuries that can be lessened through specific exercise.

  5. Souldrummer - Dec 20, 2010 at 9:46 PM

    @Rob Dibble"Think Nasty!" Strasburg. Rob, what pitcher do you think the Nationals should acquire? Who's the nastiest boy on the free agent or trade market?

  6. Rob Dibble - Dec 20, 2010 at 9:54 PM

    @SouldrummerIs Ugueth Urbina available?

  7. natsfan1a - Dec 20, 2010 at 9:58 PM

    The real Dibble is inimitable. Accept no substitutes…

  8. Sec314 - Dec 20, 2010 at 10:03 PM

    Why didn't he mention his 5k?

  9. souldrummer - Dec 20, 2010 at 10:22 PM

    @Rob DibbleCould you give me a scouting report on Mr. Urbina? He is a former Expos/Nationals great? I seem to recall him having some legal trouble. By the way, how's the shirt business going? Didn't see any of those at Nats Park when you were here. Thought if you had something like that your faithful followers would wear them.

  10. Stranded_in_Philly - Dec 20, 2010 at 10:28 PM

    The Ugy Urbina references come out! Awesome!

  11. SonnyG10 - Dec 20, 2010 at 11:05 PM

    Mark, Thanks for the update on Strasburg. I enjoyed it.

  12. Doc - Dec 21, 2010 at 12:10 AM

    Yeah neat Mark! I remember back when the original Tommy John 'victim' came back in service, Pete Rose was quoted as saying, "…its OK that he got his elbow repaired, but did they have to give him a new one…".My guess is that SS will come back stronger than ever. He's a determined kid, with a great career to pursue. Can't wait for that first game!!!

  13. slopitchtom - Dec 21, 2010 at 12:55 AM

    Ugueth Urtain Urbina to be precise.

  14. NatBiscuit - Dec 21, 2010 at 1:43 AM

    Mark, don't know if you'll rise to the bait since you work for a televised media outlet now, but I suspect I can tell which questions above were asked by television types versus paper trained journalists. "How anxious are you…", tell us you're on schedule, and "What do you think…" sound like questions designed to elicit a specific response for television versus what kind of exercises, what is the thinking behind that, and when are you reporting questions that seem more likely crafted by someone who has to write. Sometime (now would be good) it would be interesting to read about your views in the evolution of sports coverage. So tell us Mark, just how exciting is that?

  15. NatBiscuit - Dec 21, 2010 at 1:46 AM

    P.S., Absolutely no disrespect intended. Serious question with attempted humor thrown in….

  16. Anonymous8 - Dec 21, 2010 at 2:02 AM

    Mark, has Strasburg been talking to Jordan Zimmermann as his "TJ" mentor?

  17. David - Dec 21, 2010 at 6:32 AM

    just thinking out loud…. you don't trade desmond this year. i think after another season (or two?), with slightly improved offensive numbers, (15 hr's, 70 rbi's) and less errors, his value will skyrocket. and then lombardozzi has the time to get ready at 2B.

  18. Big Cat - Dec 21, 2010 at 2:08 PM

    I remember what Jordon Zimmerman said. That when you first start throwing again you will say "Gosh, I'm healed" But you're not. The command isn't there. So take it slow big fella. We are gonna need you in 12 when we make a serious push

  19. Will - Dec 21, 2010 at 2:21 PM

    I'm not sure his offensive numbers will improve, as our offense is currently worse than it was last year. Desmond frequently batted 7th (and several times batted 6th) in the lineup, in which he had some on-base machines just ahead of him. It's easy to rack up RBIs when you've got Zimm, Dunn and Willingham's near .400 OBPs getting on base in front of you. Though, Pudge's infatuation with the GIDP didn't help much. I suppose his average could increase, but he'll need to cut down on strikeouts before it does, and his walk-rate must increase. But I think that task will be a bit more difficult next year, especially considering he's got to deal with the inevitable "sophomore slump," where pitchers have a better idea of what your weaknesses are and how to exploit them.I do agree his defensive numbers will improve, simply because Dunn's positional ability and glove won't be there, but I think most GMs already recognize the fact that Desmond isn't as bad as his numbers would suggest.In the end, it's not a bad idea to wait it out a year to see which of Espinosa and Desmond shows greater potential, but I think what we saw from Desmond last year is a pretty good indicator of what we'll get from him in future years.

  20. Paul - Dec 21, 2010 at 2:40 PM

    Did Mr. Strasburg really do an interview without mentioning his 5k? Well done.

  21. Souldrummer - Dec 21, 2010 at 2:49 PM

    @Anonymous8The bad news is that Maya got lit up in his last start. I think 5 runs, 3 of them earned in 2IP.

  22. MGG - Dec 21, 2010 at 3:27 PM

    Hearing this about SS is awesome news to me, BUT what I really want to know is what's going on with 1B?!?! are we getting Lee for 1 year now and going to push next off season to get Prince Fielder! Say its true Mark!

  23. NatsJack in Florida - Dec 21, 2010 at 3:30 PM

    Unless Prince Fielder gets and uses a P90X program, I don't want any part of him.

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