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Updates on Strasburg, Ankiel, Wang, Perez

May 18, 2011, 10:42 PM EST

NEW YORK — A bunch of injury updates to pass along before tonight's game against the Mets (still scheduled to begin on-time at 7:10 p.m.)…

Stephen Strasburg was in Washington yesterday for a scheduled check-up with Nationals orthopedist Wiemi Douoguih and will begin throwing off a bullpen mound "any day now," according to general manager Mike Rizzo.

Strasburg, who had Tommy John surgery on his right elbow Sept. 3, has been throwing on flat ground at the Nationals' spring training complex in Viera, Fla., for the last six weeks. Once he begins throwing off a mound, he'll progress to the point he's pitching live batting practice, then during games at extended spring training.

When the Nationals believe Strasburg is ready to face minor-league competition, he'll begin a rehab assignment, which lasts a maximum of 30 days. If, after that, there's still time left in the season and the club believes the right-hander is ready, he could pitch in the majors in September. …

Rick Ankiel has gone to Viera to work out at extended spring training in anticipation of his return from the sprained right wrist. The outfielder will stay there for a couple of days, then head to a minor-Read more »

  1. P. Cole - May 18, 2011 at 11:17 PM

    Why does Ankiel have to to play CF when he returns? Or even start? I'd keep Bernie in CF and put Ankiel in left or use him as a 4th OF.Thanks Mark!

  2. masnstinks - May 19, 2011 at 12:16 AM

    Not to mention( which we actually DO mention All the time!) the roster spot which is being hogged up by Matt Stairs.

  3. Stew Magnuson - May 19, 2011 at 12:25 PM

    Who is asking about Chien-Ming Wang? Someone out there still cares? I for one, am sick of hearing about this guy. At this point, what does the Nats expect to get out of him?

  4. Section 222 - May 19, 2011 at 1:11 PM

    Thanks very much for this report Mark. This is definitely the kind of thing I turn to Nats Insider for.It's time for Stairs to go. Morse, Nix, Bernadine, Ankiel — whoever is not in the game can do late inning pinch hitting. Three are lefties, so you're not going to miss Stairs from that perspective. It's just not worth taking up a roster spot for a guy who gets one AB every few days. I think you can come up with a decent rotation of the outfielders that will use everyone enough to keep them fresh and take advantage of matchups and whoever has the hot hand. Bernadinda and Nix have definitely shown enough this year to warrant significant playing time, but Morse seems to be slowly coming out of his funk too. He should at least be in the lineup against lefties. I'll be shocked if we ever see Wang pitch at Nats Park. Good for him that the Lerners were willing to line his bank account for a few years.

  5. DCSportsHomer - May 19, 2011 at 4:00 PM

    I like Bernadina in the outfield. He has good speed and is doing well as a leadoff hitter. Is there really a question wether to keep him in the majors?Overall the hitting is struggling. What is the hitting coach doing to correct that?





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