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Strasburg throwing three bullpens per week

Posted on: June 7, 2011 9:28 pm
Edited on: June 7, 2011 9:31 pm
By Matt Snyder

Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg is steadily working his way back from Tommy John surgery. He's only throwing fastballs, but has worked up to 30 to 40 pitch bullpen sessions three times a week.

"The idea is to put great stress on the new ligament," Strasburg said ( "It'll pick up a little bit every week. I'm not really sure what's going to be in store for me next month, or the month after that. We're just taking it one day at a time, one week at a time."

Strasburg hasn't pitched since August 21 of last season. He had surgery to repair the ulnar collateral ligament -- now known as Tommy John surgery -- in his right elbow September 3. Considering the timing of the surgery, how long normal rehabilitation takes and the likelihood the Nationals will be out of the race in September, seeing him in the 2011 season isn't likely.

Two years ago, Strasburg was taken as the first overall pick in the draft by the Nationals.

One year ago Wednesday, Strasburg took the hill for his major-league debut and did not disappoint. In fact, he dazzled for seven innings, striking out 14 while only allowing four hits and two runs.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 10, 2011 1:39 am

Strasburg throwing three bullpens per week

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 5, 2011 10:27 pm

Strasburg throwing three bullpens per week

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Since: Jun 18, 2010
Posted on: June 8, 2011 5:48 pm

Strasburg throwing three bullpens per week

Good luck to Stephen Strasburg. I also am not a Nats fan, but I do enjoy watching talent like he has. As far as throwing him too much too early I think that is ridiculous. His arm is under a microscope and no one is going to let him throw one more pitch than he has to. Besides there are lots of pitchers throwing that have had the TJ surgery and are throwing as hard as they ever were. Here's hopes for a full recovery.

Since: Aug 15, 2009
Posted on: June 8, 2011 12:18 pm

Strasburg throwing three bullpens per week

lump-- do you know anything about baseball, at all?  Strasburg had nothing left to prove in the minors.. He would have been throwing just as hard in the minors as he did in the majors so where he was had nothing to do with the injury.. Mark it down as bad luck.. As the guy above me pointed out. He is on a slower pace than their other young arm Zimmerman.. The doctors and the Nationals ARE playing it safe and being patient..


This kid was ready for the majors out of the gate.. Yet he was sent to AA and the AAA before he hit the bigs.. They could have easily with his talent started him up in the majors from day 1..

Since: Oct 9, 2009
Posted on: June 8, 2011 10:08 am

Strasburg throwing three bullpens per week

lumpoco, with all due respect, you are wrong about the recovery process.  For example, his fellow teammate Jordan Zimmermann started throwing bullpen sessions a full month prior to when Strasburg started.  I think most baseball fans would say that has turned out fairly well to this point.  Also, Strasburg is well behind the schedule Tim Hudson followed.  That too worked out fine.  Also, it isn't up to the Nats so much as it is to his doctor.  At this current pace, he will be throwing full length bullpen sessions around late August or early September.  That would put him about 3 months behind Hudsons pace and 2 behind Zimmermann.  He won't come back full strength until next year and if they treat him like Zimmermann, he will still be limited in his outings.

Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: June 8, 2011 3:08 am

Strasburg throwing three bullpens per week

Strasburg needs to rest his elbow for one full year before doing any actual hard throwing. The Nationals are rushing his recovery and are only hurting his future and the Nationals. If I was overseeing his recovery I would not let him throw baseballs right now. If the Nationals want him to throw, then I'd only allow him to throw tennis balls. Contrary to what the article says you really do not want to exert great stress on a ligament now. It takes months for ligaments to fully heal. But then again the Nationals are team that does not have a bright future if Strasburg is not pitching for them. Why can't they be patient. Remember that Strasburg is still really young. He only spent half a season in the minors before reaching the majors. Under normal cirsumstances he would still be toiling in the minors for a few years. The Nationals need to slow down and be more patient. I will say this now. Strasburg will suffer a serious injury within the next 3 starts that he pitches for the Nationals again.

Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: June 8, 2011 2:53 am

Strasburg throwing three bullpens per week

I wish this young gun well. I am not a fan of the Nationals but would still love to see this kid take them to another level. It makes baseball fun when the usuals are not always at the top!!

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