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Stephen Strasburg “threw extremely well” in simulated game

Jul 29, 2011, 2:17 PM EDT

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Nationals pitching coordinator Spin Williams had a very positive review of Stephen Strasburg‘s simulated game yesterday, telling Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post that the rehabbing former No. 1 overall pick “threw extremely well.”

Kilgore reports that Strasburg threw around 50 pitches, with breaks in between simulated innings, and a September appearance with the Nationals now seems realistic.

Or as Williams put it: “I think he’s getting very close.”

Strasburg underwent Tommy John elbow surgery on September 3 of last year and the typical recovery timetable is 12-18 months, although the timetable for a pitcher’s velocity and command returning to full strength varies significantly and is far from guaranteed. He still has plenty of hurdles to clear, including a likely rehab assignment in the minors, but so far so good.

  1. foreverchipper10 - Jul 29, 2011 at 2:21 PM

    Spin Williams. What a great name for a pitching coach.

  2. pbsenerchia - Jul 29, 2011 at 2:27 PM


    • Reflex - Jul 29, 2011 at 3:11 PM

      Don’t get too excited. You have about two years before his shoulder goes.

  3. crysisorigins - Jul 29, 2011 at 2:28 PM

    I hope he pitches this year.

  4. natstowngreg - Jul 29, 2011 at 3:02 PM

    Actually, Spin Williams is the Nats’ minor league pitching coordinator. Steve McCatty is the Nats’ pitching coach..

    The news continues to be good, but there’s still no reason to bring Strasburg back until they’re very sure he’s ready.

  5. baseballisboring - Jul 29, 2011 at 4:22 PM

    It’s a pretty amazing thing when so many people are hoping against hope that we see him in the major leagues again, people who aren’t even Nats fans, myself included. I’m a bit of a pessimist…but I REALLY hope he can come back and have a long career. Baseball is just more fun with this dude in it.

  6. paulsdamnblog - Jul 29, 2011 at 6:28 PM

    Even as a Phillies fan I want to see this guy back and throwing in the bigs. Good luck Strasburg!

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