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Stephen Strasburg throws off mound for first time since Tommy John surgery

May 23, 2011, 9:17 PM EDT

Stephen Strasburg AP

The Nationals have lost seven out of their last 10 games and currently sit in last place in the National League East, but there’s some reason for optimism today.

No really, there is.

Stephen Strasburg revealed via his Twitter account earlier this afternoon that he threw from a mound for the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery.

First bullpen in the books. Felt great! Hopefully time will speed up now!

Strasburg underwent reconstructive elbow surgery last September after posting a 2.91 ERA over his first 12 major league starts. The 22-year-old right-hander was expected to miss about 12-18 months following the procedure, so there’s only an outside chance he pitches for the Nationals this season. Still, I imagine most Nats fans will be just fine with that if he’s back to full strength in 2012.

  1. drmonkeyarmy - May 23, 2011 at 9:38 PM

    Why would you rush him back to pitch this season? Is pitching in a meaningless September worth putting the rest of a promising career in jeopardy? Particularly given that the Nationals will be a dangerous team in a few years.

    • D.J. Short - May 23, 2011 at 9:40 PM

      No way. I highly doubt he pitches.

      • drmonkeyarmy - May 23, 2011 at 9:56 PM

        Doesn’t it seem like either they or he is rushing it though? I know they brought Jordan Zimmerman back late last year from the same surgery. I’m not a Nationals fan so I don’t know exactly when he had the surgery but I remember watching him pitch against the Phillies wondering why they just didn’t shelve him to this year.

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