For the first time in a while, there’s good injury news, and a big helping of it.
The biggest news concerns Stephen Strasburg. He had a side session today and reportedly felt good during it. He is well on his way to return to the rotation the first day he is eligible to come off the disabled list, June 16th. This is great news for the Nats, who initially feared he could be out 3-6 weeks with his lat strain.
Bryce Harper has more minor news. The swelling in his knee has finally gone down, though his meeting with Dr. James Andrews is still on. Nothing more is known about his potential return date, but it is great to hear that the swelling the Nats were so concerned about has subsided.
Ross Detwiler is now almost completely healthy. He had a very successful rehab outing at High A Potomac, going 3.2 innings on 60 pitches even though he was only supposed to throw 40-50. He allowed one run on seven hits while striking out four. He will return to the Nats’ rotation on Thursday the 13th in Colorado, another big boon to a beleaguered Nationals pitching staff.