Stephen Strasburg impresses in rehab start

Josh Luckenbaugh
July 11, 2018 - 2:42 pm
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Stephen Strasburg was back on the mound Tuesday night...for the Potomac Nationals, that is. 

Strasburg, on the disabled list since June 10 with right shoulder inflammation, pitched a rehab start against the Lynchburg Hillcats Tuesday. Strasburg threw 57 pitches, 34 of them strikes, allowing one run on two hits and a walk while striking out five over 3 1/3 innings. 

Nationals manager Davey Martinez told Jamal Collier of MLB.com that he was encouraged by Strasburg's performance, particularly pleased with the three-time All-Star's fastball velocity. 

"I like the fact that his velo was pretty good," Martinez told Collier. "He topped out at 98 [mph] and was consistently at 95 [mph]."

Strasburg is scheduled to catch up with the Nationals in New York and throw a bullpen session Thursday, and then pitch one more minor league rehab start Sunday. If all goes well, he will come off the DL for the Nationals' first series after the All-Star break against the Atlanta Braves. 

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