Stras­burg looks strong dur­ing bullpen ses­sion

The Washington Post Sunday - - BASEBALL -

A light rain fell on Na­tion­als Park on Satur­day af­ter­noon, but Stephen Stras­burg and a siz­able en­tourage marched through it, out to right field, where he pro­ceeded to throw a bullpen ses­sion. If Stras­burg wasn’t on the dis­abled list with what is be­ing of­fi­cially re­ferred to as “nerve im­pinge­ment” in his throw­ing el­bow, Satur­day would have been his day to start. In­stead, he threw what was sched­uled to be a lengthy bullpen — a start sub­sti­tute, in essence.

“He threw a bullpen to­day and came through it very well,” Na­tion­als Gen­eral Man­ager Mike Rizzo said. “We’ll see how he feels to­mor­row and take it from there.”

When the Na­tion­als placed Stras­burg on the dis­abled list Thurs­day, Man­ager Dusty Baker in­sisted the Na­tion­als ex­pected him to miss just one start. He had pitched through what he de­scribed as “ach­i­ness” in his fore­arm for one seven-in­ning gem af­ter the all-star break, then come out af­ter 51 pitches in his next start, at which point the Na­tion­als ad­min­is­tered an ul­tra­sound to his el­bow to com­pare its sta­tus to pre­vi­ous pro­ce­dures. Every­thing, they said, checked out.

Stras­burg never stopped throw­ing, an­other sign the Na­tion­als firmly be­lieve his el­bow is fine. Satur­day’s was his most in­tense ac­tiv­ity since his last start, and will there­fore be telling. If he feels fine Sun­day, the Na­tion­als will prob­a­bly move for­ward as­sum­ing he will miss one start.

Shawn Kel­ley, mean­while, was sched­uled to start for Class AAA Syra­cuse on Satur­day. He will pitch one in­ning, his first re­hab out­ing since be­ing placed on the dis­abled list with a right trapez­ius strain June 18.

Trea Turner and Michael A. Tay­lor both fielded dur­ing bat­ting prac­tice. Turner, who has been out since June 30 with a bro­ken wrist, took ground­balls at short­stop but did not throw or hit. Tay­lor fielded fly­balls at what looked to be close to full speed, but did not hit. Jayson Werth took full bat­ting prac­tice, some­thing he has done re­peat­edly, but did not run. Un­til Werth’s left metatarsal is healed enough to run, he will not do more than hit and throw.

As for Koda Glover, who is in West Palm Beach re­hab­bing from right shoul­der in­flam­ma­tion, Rizzo seemed sur­prised when asked if Glover would re­turn this sea­son.

“We feel op­ti­mistic we’ll see him again [this sea­son],” said Rizzo, who said Glover is on a re­turn-to-throw­ing pro­gram.”

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