Nationals supervisor Davey Martinez declined Monday to present a particular timeline on a possible return for starter Stephen Strasburg, who made a rehab begin Sunday at Triple-A Rochester. The star pitcher has been on the injured listing with irritation in his throwing shoulder since April 18.
“Strasburg is right here and he’s going to throw a bullpen tomorrow after which we’ll reassess him tomorrow however he feels nice,” Martinez stated on a Zoom name. “He’s going to get a exercise in at the moment after which he’ll throw an prolonged bullpen tomorrow. [We will] attempt to get him as much as 50-55 pitches, work on some mechanical stuff after which see how he feels after that.”
On Sunday, Strasburg threw 75 pitches over 4 and a 3rd innings for the Crimson Wings. He allowed no runs on two hits and two walks with six strikeouts earlier than assembly his pitch restrict. Martinez indicated that the Nationals nonetheless intend to be cautious with him. Strasburg has made simply 4 begins because the begin of the 2020 season.
“I don’t need to be optimistic about something proper now,” Martinez stated when requested whether or not he’s optimistic Strasburg might return this week. “I simply wanna make it possible for he’s fully wholesome. Up to now, so good and, like I stated, we’ll see how he feels tomorrow and we’ll go from there.”
Martinez has additionally but to announce how the Nationals will deal with Strasburg’s return to the rotation and who he would possibly substitute. Although he didn’t rule out a six-man rotation when requested final week, Martinez could must determine between Erick Fedde (4.35 ERA in eight begins) and Joe Ross (5.80 ERA in seven begins).
Fedde is coming off the very best begin of his profession Sunday, when he tossed seven scoreless in a win over the Arizona Diamondbacks. Ross pitched Saturday and allowed eight runs over 4 innings.