Strasburg set to make rehab start Monday
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.”