Stras­burg close to re­hab as­sign­ment

Throws 57 pitches, en­tire reper­toire in ‘sim­u­lated game’

The Washington Times Daily - - SPORTS - BY TODD DYBAS

Stephen Stras­burg was on a mound in the mid­dle of a base­ball di­a­mond Wed­nes­day. That’s progress.

He has moved from throw­ing bullpen ses­sions to Wed­nes­day’s “sim­u­lated game” in Na­tion­als Park that took place around 3 p.m. Stras­burg threw 57 pitches, us­ing his en­tire reper­toire.

Na­tion­als pitch­ing coach Mike Mad­dux said the sim­u­lated game that lasted four in­nings went “very well.” Stras­burg backed that state­ment by say­ing he “feels re­ally good.” Next, as­sum­ing Stras­burg feels well Thurs­day, will be a bullpen ses­sion Fri­day fol­lowed by a mi­nor-league re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion as­sign­ment Mon­day, ac­cord­ing to Mad­dux.

Stras­burg has been on the 10-day dis­abled list since July 27, retroac­tive to July 24, be­cause of a right el­bow im­pinge­ment. He has missed three starts dur­ing his re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion process. The Na­tion­als ini­tially thought Stras­burg would only miss one.

Jayson Werth was among those who faced Stras­burg on Wed­nes­day. Werth had never been in the bat­ter’s box be­fore against the Na­tion­als’ righthander. When Stras­burg was in­jured Aug. 21, 2010, lead­ing to Tommy John surgery, he was pitch­ing against the Philadel­phia Phillies. Werth played for the Phillies then, but was not in the lineup that day.

Werth mak­ing his way to the bat­ter’s box Wed­nes­day was also progress for him. He faced Stras­burg then par­tic­i­pated in live bat­ting prac­tice two hours later. He has been on the dis­abled list since June 5 be­cause of a left foot con­tu­sion af­ter foul­ing a ball off his foot, dam­ag­ing his big toe.

Werth said Wed­nes­day that he ex­pects to be­gin a mi­nor-league re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion as­sign­ment “within a week or two.”

He has not run in the last nine weeks.

In or­der to stay in shape, Werth has worked on a zero-grav­ity tread­mill and of­ten swam.

“Prob­a­bly go­ing to take some time to get the legs in shape and get up to speed,” Werth said. “Been tak­ing a lot of at-bats and swing­ing. The last few times I’ve done this [gone on the dis­abled list], it’s been a wrist. Can take time to get your swing back. Hope­fully, that won’t take too much time. Get in shape pretty quick and get back here. It’s nice to be on a club that has nice lead.”

The Na­tion­als came into Wed­nes­day with a 13-game lead in the Na­tional League East.

Werth and Stras­burg were not alone in their quest to re­gain health. Trea Turner (right wrist frac­ture) worked out again Wed­nes­day. Out­fielder Michael A. Taylor (right oblique strain) has pro­gressed to the Dou­ble-A Har­ris­burg. Daniel Mur­phy (hip) was out of the lineup for the sec­ond con­sec­u­tive night. He pinch-hit Tues­day and took bat­ting prac­tice, ground balls and ran sprints Wed­nes­day. Howie Ken­drick (back spasm) was back in the lineup af­ter miss­ing Tues­day’s game.

Even man­ager Dusty Baker had to deal with a re­cent in­jury when his leg locked up on him. He was ex­am­ined by the med­i­cal staff and felt bet­ter Wed­nes­day, claim­ing to have healed him­self over night “like The Ter­mi­na­tor.”

“I’m not run­ning or got my pimp walk now,” Baker said. “I got my limp walk now.”

AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Washington Na­tion­als pitcher Stephen Stras­burg throws from the mound dur­ing a “sim­u­lated game” on Wed­nes­day at Na­tion­als Park. Stras­burg has been on the 10day dis­abled list since July 27 be­cause of a right el­bow im­pinge­ment.

AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Washington Na­tion­als short­stop Trea Turner, who is on the dis­abled list with a right wrist frac­ture, fields a ball dur­ing bat­ting on Wed­nes­day.

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