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Strasburg update, one year after debut

Jun 7, 2011, 11:01 PM EST

Three hundred and sixty-four days ago, Stephen Strasburg was in Washington, full of nervous anticipation for his major-league debut the following night. Little did the right-hander know how things would progress that night, nor how things would progress over the next year.

This afternoon, speaking to reporters on a conference call from Viera, Fla., where he continues to rehab following Tommy John surgery on his right elbow, Strasburg made it clear he doesn't think much about what happened one year ago but rather what will be happening in the future.

"I haven't really thought about it much, to be honest," he said when asked about the one-year anniversary of his 14-strikeout debut. "It was an amazing experience, but it's kind of foggy right now. I'm really focused on living in the now. I've got a lot of work to do, and I've got a lot of work ahead of me. My goal right now is to get back to 100 percent, go out there and fill up the stadium like I did on that day."

Strasburg had the ligament replacement surgery Sept. 3, and he remains on schedule in his recovery. He recently began throwing off a bullpen mound, and though he's only throwing 30 to 40 fastballs atRead more »

  1. Dave - Jun 7, 2011 at 11:04 PM

    Come on back, Strassy! We need you!(But of course, we need you completely healthy and 100% good.)

  2. Doc - Jun 7, 2011 at 11:24 PM

    Wad a kid!!!Gooooooooo SS!World's greatest pitching draft pick!!

  3. Andrew - Jun 7, 2011 at 11:37 PM

    Jordan Zimmermann is your mentor on this. Can't wait to see both JZim & Stras pitching #1 and #2 in the Nats rotation.

  4. MicheleS - Jun 7, 2011 at 11:51 PM

    Can't wait for Stras to comeback.. have good memories of him last year as we are about to hit the 1 year.. Can't wait for you to get back- 100% healthy!And yes.. JZim and SS will make a grear #1 and #1A!!!!

  5. NaterialGuy - Jun 8, 2011 at 1:52 AM

    a classy kid can't wait to feel that electricity in the park again

  6. natsfan1a - Jun 8, 2011 at 11:55 AM

    Will be great to have a fully healthy SS back on the bump. Take it easy, kid, because we want you to be 100 percent!On a related note, wish that some of those newbies who came out for his starts had stuck around to watch the *rest* of the team. Oh well, I guess we'll see them when he's back on the mound. They've missed some good games (yeah, some bad ones, too, but that's baseball).

  7. Tcostant - Jun 8, 2011 at 2:22 PM

    I just hope he is the same pitcher as before. In past years, they pointed out how many All-Star pitchers have had TJ surgery. But what is left unsaid, is how many of those guys are not on the orginial team that drafted them.

  8. Adam - Jun 8, 2011 at 3:24 PM


  9. Scooter - Jun 10, 2011 at 6:02 PM

    Stras HaShanah.

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