Stephen Strasburg played catch on Sunday afternoon without any issues, according to Nationals Manager Davey Johnson, and will throw a bullpen session on Monday. Strasburg was scratched from Friday’s start because of right forearm irritation. He was prescribed anti-inflammatory medicine and instructed to rest two days after he felt discomfort while trying to play catch on Thursday in New York.
“He’s fine,” Johnson said after Sunday’s 11-2 win over the Phillies. “Felt really good.”
Based on evaluations by doctors, the Nationals believed the injury was minor. They hoped Strasburg could skip one start and return on Thursday against the Miami Marlins. Strasburg was toying with new grips on a pitch, standard practice among pitchers, and playing catch this past Thursday when he felt the irritation and was shut down.
If Strasburg has no issues with Monday’s bullpen session, he would make his next start. As a result, Ross Ohlendorf, who started Friday for Strasburg, would start again on Wednesday. Strasburg would follow and the rest of the rotation would fall in line with an extra day of rest. Strasburg has made 28 starts this season, having missed only one other one when he was on the disabled list with a lat strain in June.