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Stephen Strasburg to make rehab debut Sunday at Single-A

Aug 4, 2011, 10:35 PM EDT

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As expected, Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg made it through a side session Thursday in Viera, Florida and has been cleared to make his first minor league rehab start on Sunday with Single-A Hagerstown. This according to Adam Kilgore, beat writer for the Washington Post.

Strasburg underwent Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery last September after beginning his major league career with a shiny 2.91 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and 92/17 K/BB ratio over his first 68 innings.

The 23-year-old is hoping to make a couple of starts in the big leagues before the end of the 2011 campaign, and it seems like the Nats’ higher-ups are open to that plan. Strasburg won’t be back to 100 percent health, however, until spring training next February.

  1. jaysfan64 - Aug 4, 2011 at 11:03 PM

    Hey….Dob Nipple……anything to say????

  2. brockw82 - Aug 5, 2011 at 12:20 AM

    Why risk it if he isn’t 100%, are they trying to ruin him?

    • gammagammahey - Aug 5, 2011 at 12:28 AM

      You have a timetable for rehab and pitching live games is part of the rehab process. You have to be able to judge how far along he is in his recovery. If he pitches well in the minors and in his couple of major league starts, you’ll know next year that he’s ready for the start of the season instead of having it hang over all of spring training.

  3. jaysfan64 - Aug 5, 2011 at 1:46 AM

    I’m not arguing with Dibble’s basic message – he’s totally right….if this kid’s not 100% then just shut him down til February….I just don’t like Dibble is all….

    • Joe - Aug 5, 2011 at 8:24 AM

      Strasburg doesn’t get to 100% without pitching in games. So Dibble is actually wrong.

      • natstowngreg - Aug 5, 2011 at 8:44 AM

        The Nats have said all along, we’re not going to rush him. They haven’t rushed him.

        If he can get started this season on regaining his form, great. Just don’t expect Strasburg to return to pre-surgery form for at least half a season, maybe longer. Though Strasburg at 75% is better than a lot of Major League starting pitchers.

  4. Joe - Aug 5, 2011 at 11:39 AM

    There seems to be a misconception that rehab from TJ surgery goes something like this:

    1) Have surgery
    2) Don’t touch a baseball for 18 months
    3) Start pitching in games

    It doesn’t work that way. They throw the ball during the recovery process. It’s OK, even Tommy John did it.

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