Stras­burg set to make re­hab start Mon­day

The Washington Post Sunday - - BASEBALL -

Na­tion­als right-han­der Stephen Stras­burg, inch­ing closer to a re­turn from the dis­abled list, will take the next step Mon­day when he goes on a re­hab as­sign­ment to start for Class A Po­tomac. Na­tion­als pitch­ing coach Mike Mad­dux said Stras­burg is sched­uled to log five in­nings or 75 pitches. Ear­lier, Stras­burg said the goal is to emerge ready to pitch for the Na­tion­als next. If he is deemed ready, Stras­burg could re­turn as early as Sat­ur­day against the Padres in his home town of San Diego, on four days’ rest.

Stras­burg will pitch for Po­tomac be­cause the Na­tion­als’ other mi­nor league af­fil­i­ates are off Mon­day. The right-han­der hasn’t pitched in a game since ex­it­ing af­ter two in­nings against the Ari­zona Di­a­mond­backs on July 23 and was placed on the 10-day dis­abled list four days later with a right el­bow im­pinge­ment. Man­ager Dusty Baker ini­tially in­sisted Stras­burg would miss just one start, but that time­line was scrapped.

Stras­burg didn’t throw a bullpen ses­sion un­til Aug. 4 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, then threw an­other one two days later be­fore throw­ing a sim­u­lated game on Wed­nes­day at Na­tion­als Park. He threw 57 pitches over four sim­u­lated in­nings and emerged with­out any pain. Mad­dux said the all­star looked “re­ally good.”

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