Nationals supervisor Davey Martinez declined Monday to provide a selected 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 record 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 positive,” Martinez mentioned on a Zoom name. “He’s going to get a exercise in right this 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 Pink 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 wish to be optimistic about something proper now,” Martinez mentioned when requested whether or not he’s optimistic Strasburg might return this week. “I simply wanna be sure that he’s utterly wholesome. To this point, so good and, like I mentioned, 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 change. Although he didn’t rule out a six-man rotation when requested final week, Martinez could should resolve between Erick Fedde (4.35 ERA in eight begins) and Joe Ross (5.80 ERA in seven begins).
Fedde is coming off the perfect 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.