Washington Nationals News: Stephen Strasburg working through throwing program

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Good evening DoD readers, and welcome to today’s District Daily! Get caught up on the latest Nats news and opinions with some great Washington Nationals articles from around the web below.

In today’s Daily, the Washington Post’s Chelsea Janes gives us an update on the injury status of right-hander Stephen Strasburg. As Janes notes, Strasburg is working his way back from his oblique injury and progressing well. According to Janes, the right-hander has been playing catch and could throw bullpen session sometime this week.

It’s been a rough season for Strasburg. The right-hander missed time on the disabled list earlier this season with a neck injury, and has been back on the disabled list since he suffered a strained left oblique on July 4th. Fortunately for Strasburg, he has no pain in the oblique and it looks like he could be back with the big league club in the not so distant future.

Needless to say, this is great news for the Nationals. The team has been bit hard by the injury bug all season long and the starting rotation is what has kept the ball club afloat this season. But the rotation, while still impressive, has not had a healthy, productive Strasburg for an extended amount of time this season.

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If Strasburg can get healthy and stay healthy soon, he should be productive for the Nationals in the second half, down the stretch and into October. For a team which has never won a playoff series but has World Series aspirations this season, the Nationals will need their star-studded rotation intact and healthy for the stretch run and the postseason. While Strasburg is still some time away from coming back, the fact that he’s progressing well in his recovery is a great sign for the Nationals.

Also in today’s Daily, MLB.com’s Bill Ladson gives us an update on Jayson Werth, who continues to progress in his recovery from a fractured wrist. According to Ladson, Werth has moved on to Triple-A Syracuse in his rehab assignment after spending time with Class A Potomac.

Be sure to check out both articles below, they’re definitely worth a read. And as always, stay tuned to DoD for all your Washington Nationals needs.

Stephen Strasburg has no pain in left oblique, working through throwing program

(Chelsea Janes, Washington Post)

The Nationals have not announced a starter for Tuesday night’s game against the Mets, though they’ll need one to fill in for Stephen Strasburg. The right-hander is working his way back from the strained left oblique he suffered on July 4, likely to throw a bullpen sometime this week, Nationals Manager Matt Williams said this weekend.

Strasburg has been playing catch for a few days now — on flat ground, not a mound, nothing too strenuous.

“I wouldn’t be throwing if there was pain,” Strasburg said. “It feels good, it’s just kind of taking time off and not doing anything but let it heal.” Read full article here.

All going well for Werth on rehab assignment

(Bill Ladson, MLB.com)

WASHINGTON — After playing a few games with Class A Advanced Potomac, Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth will continue his rehab assignment for Triple-A Syracuse starting Monday.

Werth hopes to be back with the Nationals within a week or two. He hasn’t played in a Major League game since he suffered two small fractures in his left wrist on May 15. Read full article here.

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