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As the Washington Nationals dipped back below .500 yesterday, the team suddenly has a lot to look forward to. Despite their struggles so far this season, they will be getting help. Bryce Harper's injury should not keep him on the DL too much longer, and the pitching staff may be in tact completely for the first time in over a month. Stephen Strasburg is making progress in his rehab on still on pace for a June 16th return.
Amanda Comak of the Washington Times says Strasburg through the equivalent of three or four innings during a simulated game yesterday at Coors Field. The outing allowed Strasburg to use all his pitches and really push himself. He did not feel any discomfort and says he felt "strong."
“I felt strong,” Strasburg said. “They wanted me to throw about 56 pitches but I didn’t really feel like I threw at all. I feel like my strength really stayed there, even though I have missed a couple starts.”
Strasburg has been on the DL since early June, but he has not experienced any setbacks in his recovery. Strasburg is eligible to come off the DL June 15th, but the 16th is the date the Nationals are targeting for his return. Strasburg is one half of the duo that provides a quick change in dynamic to the Nationals' roster. The other half, of course, is Bryce Harper. Perhaps when Strasburg returns, and when Harper returns later this month, the Nats can get back on track.
At the time of his injury, Strasburg was 3-5 with a 2.54 ERA. The record speaks to both the lack of run support he got early on and the struggles he had on the mound in the beginning of the season. There were games that Strasburg simply didn't look like himself, but leading up to the injury he was starting to look like his old dominant self. Overall, Strasburg is 24-15 with a 2.85 ERA in his career.
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