May 19, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT
Stephen Strasburg had a routine checkup on his surgically repaired elbow Tuesday and general manager Mike Rizzo told Bill Ladson of MLB.com that the rehabbing right-hander will be cleared to throw off a mound “any day.”
Strasburg hasn’t taken the mound since last August and underwent Tommy John elbow surgery in September, which means he’ll need to make a very speedy recovery to pitch for the Nationals at any point this season.
Returning for a few innings in September hasn’t been ruled out yet–as opposed to Bryce Harper debuting in September, which Rizzo ruled out yesterday–but obviously the big-picture goal is for Strasburg to be fully healthy and ready to go for Opening Day of next year.
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