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Strasburg ready to leave Viera

Aug 2, 2011, 7:07 PM EDT

Stephen Strasburg completed the final task his six-month rehabilitation process in Viera, Fla., this morning, pitching a three-inning, simulated game at the Nationals' spring training complex.

Next up for the 23-year-old right-hander: A 30-day minor-league rehab stint that should begin early next week and put him on course to return to the Nationals in early September.

Strasburg, according to eyewitnesses, threw 51 pitches over three simulated "innings" to members of the Nationals' Gulf Coast League rookie team. Radar gun readings weren't provided, but he appeared to be throwing free and easy, at near-top velocity.

Thus concluded six long months of rehab in Viera for Strasburg, who reported in February having just resumed playing catch for the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery Sept. 3. He gradually progressed to the point he began throwing off a mound, then adding breaking balls, then facing live hitters in a batting cage before pitchingRead more ยป

  1. MurrayTheRed - Aug 2, 2011 at 7:15 PM

    Yea!!!!

  2. Anonymous - Aug 2, 2011 at 7:32 PM

    I have tickets to the Sunday afternoon game in Hagerstown. Rizzo, you know its better for him to start a day game .. hell, I'll even drive him up.

  3. Binx Bolling - Aug 2, 2011 at 7:36 PM

    Don't rush him.

  4. JaneB - Aug 2, 2011 at 7:40 PM

    My heart skipped a beat. I need a life, clearly.GYFSG!

  5. Scooter - Aug 2, 2011 at 7:48 PM

    omg omg omg omg omgIf you get one, Jane, may I borrow it from time to time?omg omg omg

  6. Eugene in Oregon - Aug 2, 2011 at 7:51 PM

    It's pretty hot, humid, and nasty on the east coast, isn't it? Maybe they could arrange something with the Padres so that he makes a few starts with the Eugene Emeralds — temperature in the low 80s, almost no humidity — for his own good? Closer to his home, opposition not too fierce, not as much pressure, etc. Just thinking out loud…

  7. baseballswami - Aug 2, 2011 at 8:01 PM

    JOY in Natstown!!! And – joy in several cities where minor league teams play, of course. I think it's quite fitting the way he and Jordan are taking over for each other and handing off before they starting smacking the NL East with their 1-2 punch next year.

  8. Anonymous - Aug 2, 2011 at 8:16 PM

    Season ticket offers just announced.Buy Two Get TwoShake Shack PackFinish StrongI'll post details in game thread.

  9. Section 222 - Aug 2, 2011 at 8:18 PM

    Here's my question: Once SS returns to the Nats in September, do they have to put him in Zimmermann's spot of a 5 pitcher rotation? By then, with September callups, why not have a 6 or 7 pitcher rotation to ease him into pitching regularly again (using Millone, Peacock, Stammen or whoever)? In college he started once a week if I'm not mistaken.

  10. Feel Wood - Aug 2, 2011 at 8:19 PM

    Mark, your reporting here is lacking. Did Strasburg win that simulated game? If he did, did they simulate the sound of sub horns at the end? What was said in the simulated postgame interview? How many simulated press were there? Was the simulated hype off the charts?

  11. Steve M. - Aug 2, 2011 at 8:19 PM

    This is great news!

  12. natsfan1a - Aug 2, 2011 at 8:28 PM

    Will be nice to have a healthy SS back on the mound (although no skipped beats here). Well, maybe about the Shake Shack Pack possibility. mmm…

  13. Hazy-Hot&Humid - Aug 2, 2011 at 8:52 PM

    Good news he is back on the mound, bad news is he looked like he was wilting in the heat, which is when he had promblems before the injury, hoping for a below average September so SS can thrive rather that labor in Natstown.

  14. JaneB - Aug 2, 2011 at 10:01 PM

    Hilarious, feel wood

  15. MicheleS - Aug 2, 2011 at 10:50 PM

    JaneB…Right there with you! My heart does a pitter patter every time we have news about Stras, so clearly i need a life too!Can't Wait for Stramas II! I would even hit Hagerstown if it's on the weekend!

  16. NatsFanJim - Aug 3, 2011 at 1:57 AM

    Very sweet. I really didnt think we'd get him back until next year. But September? I just can't wait.Hey Mr. Rizzo: while your at it — Bring Harper up in September. I can't fathom the Nats let him go home to Vegas for the winter (minors stop playing in the first week of Sept.)Bring That Boy Up!!!!!!

  17. Dave - Aug 3, 2011 at 4:42 AM

    Hey Eugene in Oregon, I was out there this past week, actually. Three days in Bend, two days in Portland. I am delighted to have missed the nasty east coast heat. A lovely Pacific Northwest you have out there, I must say.It's not too awful here now, and Strasburg should be able to pitch in somewhat normal summer conditions for the east. Maybe even Potomac? Should we buy tickets for all the PoNats' games right now?

  18. m20832 - Aug 3, 2011 at 12:20 PM

    Strasmus II! I like it!!

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