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Strasburg still on track; Desmond has tight hamstring

Sep 17, 2013, 12:08 PM EDT

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Though the Nationals and Braves were not able to play their game on Monday, Stephen Strasburg did manage to fit in a bullpen session at Nats Park to test the tightness in his right forearm.

Davey Johnson said the Nats’ starter felt no complications and is still on track to start Thursday against the Miami Marlins.

“He feels great. He wasn’t even picking up a ball, now he had a great ‘pen and felt really good about it. It set him up for the 19th.”

Strasburg was scratched before his expected start against the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday night after feeling pain during his bullpen session while the team was in New York. He returned to Washington to be examined by Nats doctor Dr. Wiemi Douogiuh who prescribed a few days of rest and medication. On Sunday he played catch from 120 feet and felt fine afterwards.

Strasburg will be making his 29th start of the 2013 season against the Marlins on Thursday. Through 170 innings this year, he holds a 2.96 ERA with 181 strikeouts.

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