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Strasburg throws simulated game

Posted on: July 18, 2011 10:52 pm
 
By C. Trent Rosecrans

Stephen StrasburgNationals starter Stephen Strasburg made the next big step in his rehab from Tommy John surgery, throwing a simulated game Monday in Viera, Fla.

"He's throwing good," Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo told Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post. "His velocity is good. He's progressing. He's mixing in all his pitches, which is good. He's right on track where he needs to be."

The Nationals have not determined when Strasburg will start throwing in a real game, but expect him to throw several more simulated games and live batting practice sessions before participating in a game. Rizzo said Strasburg is in "mid-spring training mode," and could still return to Washington in the last month of the season.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 5, 2011 1:57 am
 

Strasburg throws simulated game

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Since: Jan 15, 2009
Posted on: July 19, 2011 4:50 pm
 

Strasburg throws simulated game

TJ surgery at such a young age will have an effect on his pitching. Those of you who thinlk he's gonna be the same 'electric' pitching machine could wind up disappointed.  ~ez-mover
...Or he could come back even better.  Many pitchers coming back from TJ surgery often talk about how their arm is actually better and the elnow joint tighter (in a good way) than before.  Some pitchers may not be so lucky but the surgery have been a boon for the careers of many pitchers and recovrey time is getting shorter.

There is little reason to expect that Stras will not be "electric" again.  I will caveat this one thing:  his raw throwing motion along with his velocity is what causd the damage.  If he has refined his motion to where it should've been he might throw a bit slower until he's fully used to it.  That said, a Stras that's not 100% is still better than most guys in the nound now. 



Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: July 19, 2011 4:43 pm
 

Strasburg throws simulated game

In response to ezmover2020's post, TJ surgery is not the end of the world for pitchers.  In fact, many pitchers return to the game sporting an even more electric fastball than they had before the surgery.  Many pitchers claim to have gained 2-3 mph on their fastball after recovering from the procedure.  Josh Johnson is a fine example of this.  I also find it difficult to understand why you would mention Jake Peavy as an example, since Peavy has never had TJ surgery. 



Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: July 19, 2011 3:05 pm
 

Strasburg throws simulated game

TJ surgery at such a young age will have an effect on his pitching. Those of you who thinlk he's gonna be the same 'electric' pitching machine could wind up disappointed.Sure he might have a great outting or 2 ala Jake Peavy, but Strasburg is gonna find out,probably the hard way, that he's just not the same pitcher.It's a shame too, 'cause this guy had a huge upside.



Since: Jun 16, 2011
Posted on: July 19, 2011 11:53 am
 

Strasburg throws simulated game

This kid has electric stuff - can't wait to see him healthy again.



Since: Sep 12, 2007
Posted on: July 19, 2011 11:17 am
 

Strasburg throws simulated game

Leave him right where he is...next year we'll be ready to contend !



Since: Jan 16, 2010
Posted on: July 19, 2011 8:39 am
 

Strasburg throws simulated game

I dont think you will see the Nats rush this kid back. The team has placed an inning cap on Jordan Zimmerman no matter how the team plays in the 2nd half. With the possible addition of Harper next year, the emergence of Espinosa and Morse this team is a few moves away from having the talent to compete next year. The issue they have is that they are in the same division with the Phillies who have the best starting pitching in Baseball. 



Since: Dec 9, 2008
Posted on: July 19, 2011 7:57 am
 

Strasburg throws simulated game

He'll be back just in time for the playoffs!! But in all seriousness, I don't see the need to have Strasburg pitch that many innings or even reappear this season. It's not like the Nationals are going to be in the playoff race and they don't have a noticibly terrible pitching staff that needs rescuing like it did last year. Too often, pitchers come back a month or two too early and pitch terribly or reinjure themselves because they are trying to do too much. (Look at Joe Nathan in Minnesota this year) In Strasburg's case, time is on his side and there is no logical reason to have him pitch anywhere close to 50 innings this year. It could definitely do more harm than good, i.e. he could pitch like crap and he can hurt himself. Let him take his time to come back. Taking the full 18 months to recover will not only benefit his health, but also the Nationals in the long run. He won't be missing the playoffs, and the remaining 6 months of his rehab will be in the offseason. He can be prepped for spring training and when he starts his season in April, instead of June, he'll be showing the same effectiveness as his teammate and fellow Tommy John patient- Jordan Zimmermann.


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