Stephen Strasburg scheduled to start June 16 after pain-free bullpen session

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After Stephen Strasburg threw a bullpen session today without pain in his strained right lat, the Nationals scheduled him to make his next June 16, the first day he is eligible to come off the disabled list.

“I didn’t feel any irritation,” Strasburg said. “Arm felt strong. I was just going out there and letting it eat and seeing how it feels. It felt good. I’m just going to keep going.”

Shortly after noon today, Strasburg fired a standard, between-start bullpen session with pitching coach Steve McCatty hovering behind him. He will pitch a simulated game Tuesday in Colorado, putting him on schedule to face the Indians in Cleveland on June 16.

“He had a great bullpen, threw the heck out of the ball,” Manager Davey Johnson said. “Had no symptoms of the injury. So he’s good to go.”

Strasburg had tried to throw a bullpen session Wednesday, but the Nationals placed him on the disabled list when he still felt stiffness in his strained lat. On May 31 in Atlanta, stiffness in his lat, a muscle in the lower back that helps shoulder acceleration, forced him from a start after two innings.

“I didn’t really have any doubts I was going to feel good, just based on how I was feeling the last two days,” Strasburg said.

Rain delays the previous two days muddled the Nationals’ rotation. Gio Gonzalez will pitch today, with Jordan Zimmerman and Nate Karns throwing in tomorrow’s doubleheader. Even with an off day Monday, the Nationals will require a start Wednesday at Coors Field.

The Nationals are “most likely” going to call up veteran right-hander Ross Ohlendorf to make that start, according to a person familiar with the team’s plans. Ohlendorf would have pitched today if not the rainouts Thursday and Friday.

Ohlendorf started last night at Class AAA Syracuse, allowing two runs on one hit and three walks over five innings. The outing put him on schedule to make the Wednesday start in Colorado.

Ross Detwiler will likely return to the Nationals’ rotation Thursday in Cleveland. On the disabled list retroactive to May 16 with a right oblique strain, Detwiler will make a rehab start tonight in Class A Potomac. He is scheduled to throw 40 to 50 pitches, Johnson said.

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