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Strasburg has rough rehab outing

Posted on: August 17, 2011 7:51 pm
Edited on: August 17, 2011 9:53 pm
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By Matt Snyder

Nationals phenom Stephen Strasburg was nearly untouchable during his second rehab start, but Wednesday night, he didn't have near the same success in his third rehab start. Pitching for Low-A Hagerstown -- where Bryce Harper began the season -- Strasburg was knocked around the yard by the Lexington Legends.

Strasburg reached his pitch limit after just 1 2/3 innings. He allowed four hits -- including three doubles -- two walks and five earned runs while striking out three (MiLB.com box score).

Still, don't misconstrue getting hit hard for Strasburg being rushed or not being completely healthy. He's perfectly within the timetable for returning from Tommy John surgery and reports from the ballpark had him in the high-90s with his fastball again, getting up to 99 (Amanda Comak via Twitter). The only thing that really matters at this point is Strasburg continues to build stamina while not losing strength. Plus, it's only his third time out for game action after a long absence. It's only natural he's going to have a bad outing at some point. He seemed to be thinking somewhat along those lines.

"Sometimes it's good to have games like this," Strasburg said after the outing (Comak Twitter). "You need to kind of get knocked around a bit to see what you've been doing wrong."

Earlier Wednesday night, Nationals manager Davey Johnson hinted at a possible -- speculative, not set in stone by any stretch -- timetable for Strasburg's return to the bigs. The perfect date, according to the manager, would be September 2 (Nationals Journal).

The rationale is easy to follow. Should Strasburg stay on a five-day schedule, his next two starts would be August 22 and August 27. Meanwhile, Jordan Zimmermann is on an innings limit for the Nationals -- as he returned this season from having his own Tommy John surgery. Zimmermann is likely to be able to make three more starts before hitting the limit imposed by the Nats, meaning the first time his turn would open up is September 2. That would give Strasburg one extra day of rest between his last rehab start and first 2011 start for the Nationals.

Obviously, a lot can change before then in terms of setbacks to Strasburg or the Nationals feeling like he needs an extra rehab start to get ready. But for now, that's where the thought process is -- or at least was. Things might change after the bad outing Wednesday.

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peulouy
Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 18, 2011 10:44 pm
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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 8, 2011 11:33 am
 

Strasburg has rough rehab outing

Great pointed guide. Don't considered it turned out this easy. Extolment in your direction!


Jeety
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Since: Aug 4, 2011
Posted on: August 18, 2011 10:00 am
 

Strasburg has rough rehab outing

i feel like he is being rushed back


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