Washington Nationals News: Stephen Strasburg encouraged after playing catch
Today’s District Daily has an update on injured Washington Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg and more on Aaron Barrett‘s recovery from a freak elbow fracture.
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In today’s Daily, MLB.com’s Jamal Collier has an update on Stephen Strasburg, who is on the disabled list with right elbow soreness.
As Collier writes, Strasburg played catch on back to back days and felt good. It’s still not known when the right-hander will be able to return to the rotation.
Here’s what manager Dusty Baker said about Strasburg, via Collier’s article:
"“[The ball is] coming out pretty easy,” Baker said. “I asked him how he felt afterwards, and he said he felt good and his ball’s coming out pretty good.”"
Also in today’s Daily, the Washington Post’s Chelsea Janes discusses Aaron Barrett’s recovery from a freak elbow fracture. Barrett, who was once one of the most promising relievers in the Nationals’ bullpen, has now had two major elbow surgeries in less than one year.
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.
Nats encouraged as Strasburg plays catch
WASHINGTON — Stephen Strasburg has played catch on back-to-back days, an encouraging sign just days after he was placed on the disabled list with right elbow soreness.
“[The ball is] coming out pretty easy,” manager Dusty Baker said. “I asked him how he felt afterwards, and he said he felt good and his ball’s coming out pretty good.”
The Nationals have said they believe his injury is minor and called his DL stint precautionary, which Baker said all tests have since confirmed. He added that Strasburg’s injury was in a different spot than where he had his Tommy John surgery. Read full article here.
After freak elbow fracture, Aaron Barrett says he now has a ‘bionic arm’
(Chelsea Janes, Washington Post)
Aaron Barrett didn’t see where the ball went, though the story goes that it flew off to the right, a nightmarish iteration of arm-side run. He still cannot see where his career is going — or more accurately when it will get there — because even after his right arm snapped a few weeks before he planned for a September call-up, Barrett is determined to find his way back to the big leagues.
“I was so close. I was a week away from going on my rehab assignment. There was a finish line, you know what I mean?” Barrett said. “I watch the game every night, and seeing how well everyone’s doing, you want to get back and help the team. You kind of see that finish line, and when it all kind of comes to a halt like that … at first, I questioned why. As things kind of calmed down, I kind of understood that everything happens for a reason, as hard as that is to grasp or believe.” Read full article here.