For Nationals fans it was almost a year of waiting, but finally they had their 15 million dollar guy back towards where he needs to be in Washington, with a rehab start in Hagerstown.
The start wasn’t a completely flawless one, surrendering a towering homerun in the 2nd Inning and then two hard hit singles before he was lifted at 31 pitches for the day. It definately was nice to see the 98 mph fastball blowing right past guys that couldnt even get their bat around fast enough on some pitches.
“My goal is to pitch in the big leagues in September,” Strasburg told reporters. “It’s a lot longer process than many people think. Come Spring Training next year, I should be back to normal.”
Strasburg had a 5-3 record with a 2.91 earned run average and 92 strikeouts in 12 starts last season. In his major league debut on June 8, he had a team-record 14 strikeouts. Strasburg had so-called Tommy John surgery in September 2010 to replace his right ulnar collateral ligament, a procedure that usually takes 12 to 18 months for recovery.
Strasburg’s next rehab start is scheduled to come Friday night in Harrisburg where he is likely two go a maximum of three innings in that contest.