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Strasburg throws in bullpen, cleared for Tuesday return

Aug 8, 2010, 8:41 AM EDT

Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg passed his final test Saturday and has been cleared to return from the disabled list for a start Tuesday against the Marlins.  He threw a bullpen session under the watch of pitching coach Steve McCatty, and the young phenom reported no pain or discomfort in his throwing arm.

Nats manager Jim Riggleman told the Associated Press that Strasburg will be on a loose 90-pitch limit in his return, which makes plenty of sense.

“I’m not really looking for him to go out there for the seventh inning,”
Riggleman said before Saturday night’s game at Dodger Stadium. “If we
were to get six innings out of him, that would be a huge step. If he got
five, that would be a good number to build on for his next one.”

Strasburg, of course, was mowing batters down before complaining of discomfort in his shoulder before his July 28 start.  Through 51.1 innings and nine starts this season, he’s posted a 5-2 record with a 2.32 ERA and 75 strikeouts.

  1. Old Gator - Aug 8, 2010 at 9:40 AM

    Strasburg, eh? So what? We’re The Feesh! Frighten us, would you? Hah! In the immortal words of George W. Bushleague, bring him on! In the immortal words of that Buenos Aires tabloid during the Falklands War, send us the little prince! In the immortal words of the French castle guard, you don’t frighten us, DC pig dogs. Go and boil your bottoms, you sons of a silly person. We evacuate our nostrils at you, so-called “feenom” you and all your silly DC buddies in your silly outfits! In the immortal words of Cuahotemoc’s chef, pass the ketchup!

  2. Ditto65 - Aug 8, 2010 at 9:45 AM

    ‘Bout time the little kid sucks it up and get back to work.

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