Aug 1, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT
Nationals phenom Stephen Strasburg was placed on the disabled list last week after inflammation was found in his throwing shoulder. The move was mostly precautionary and his goal is to return on the first day that he is eligible, or at least right around that day.
That goal got a little more realistic on Sunday when Strasburg played catch for the first time since his shoulder issue sprang up. He made sets of 25 throws from a distance of 60 feet and reported feeling great after the workout.
The next step is a bullpen session, which should happen Tuesday. Then he will throw a simulated game, probably on Thursday. If all goes well, he could be back with the Nationals for their mid-week series against the Marlins that begins on August 10.
Strasburg, who turned 22 on July 20, has collected five wins in nine starts this season for a bad Nationals team. He’s posted a 2.32 ERA, a 1.07 WHIP and 75 strikeouts in 54.1 innings. Opposing hitters have averaged a .216/.270/.291 batting line against him.
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