Washington Nationals’ Stephen Strasburg quickly working his way back

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Aug 12, 2016; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg (37) throws to the Atlanta Braves during the second inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 12, 2016; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg (37) throws to the Atlanta Braves during the second inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports /
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Today’s District Daily has updates on Washington Nationals’ right-hander Stephen Strasburg and infielder Stephen Drew.

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.

We start off today’s Daily with some great news on the injury front for the Nationals. As the Washington Post’s Chelsea Janes writes in her article below, the Nationals’ right-hander played catch again on Tuesday and is on track for a quick return.

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Strasburg, who is on the disabled list for the second time this season, could come off the disabled list as early as Monday. As Janes notes, Strasburg’s throwing schedule suggests that he could start next Tuesday. One thing’s for certain, the Nationals need Strasburg to be healthy and productive sooner, rather than later.

Here’s what pitching coach Mike Maddux had to say about Strasburg’s progress, via Janes’ article:

"“Went real well,” Maddux said. “He’ll be good to go when he’s eligible. He’ll throw again tomorrow, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday. Then we’ll rock and roll, saddle it up.”"

Also in today’s Daily, MLB.com’s Jamal Collier has an update on injured infielder Stephen Drew. As Collier writes, Drew has been taking full batting practice and could be ready for a rehab assignment soon.

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 on track for quick return to Nationals

(Chelsea Janes, Washington Post)

PHILADELPHIA — Stephen Strasburg played catch in the outfield again before Tuesday’s game, the typical workload for the day after a bullpen session. The right-hander threw his first bullpen since being placed on the disabled list Aug. 22. That he was able to do that at all was, of course, a positive. But the success of bullpen sessions cannot be determined until a day later, when soreness hits — or doesn’t. In Strasburg’s case, one can now call that bullpen session a success.

“Went real well,” Nationals pitching coach Mike Maddux said. “He’ll be good to go when he’s eligible. He’ll throw again tomorrow, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday. Then we’ll rock and roll, saddle it up.” Read full article here.

Drew takes BP, gets closer to possible return

(Jamal Collier, MLB.com)

PHILADELPHIA — Infielder Stephen Drew has participated in full batting practice the last two days: hitting, taking grounders at shortstop and third base, laughing and joking with his teammates the entire time.

Each action was considered a positive step for Drew, who has been sidelined with an inner-ear issue that landed him on the disabled list on July 27, retroactive to July 24. He has battled frequent bouts with dizziness and headaches, and improvements have been small and incremental, but he could be ready to begin a Minor League rehab assignment soon. Read full article here.

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