Stephen Strasburg, who played catch Sunday for the first time since going the disabled list with shoulder inflammation, threw from up to 120 feet Monday with no reported problems, according to Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com.
“Everything was fine,” pitching coach Steve McCatty said.
Strasburg started at 60 feet — the same distance he threw from on Sunday — then gradually increased the distance to 120 feet, putting “a good amount of effort into each long toss,” according to Zuckerman.
The young phenom will face his biggest test yet Tuesday, when he is slated to throw off a mound for the first time. If all goes well, he will have a simulated game Thursday.
Strasburg is eligible to be activated from the 15-day disabled list on Friday, however Nationals manager Jim Riggleman indicated that he won’t likely return until the team’s homestand next week. By Zuckerman’s logic, the simulated start would line him up for Tuesday, August 10 against the Marlins. Sweet. Just two days before Stephen Strasburg DVD night!
The Astros rallied late to keep their winning streak alive, extending it to 11 games with a 7-4 victory over the Royals on Sunday afternoon. The club is now 48-25, leading the Mariners by a full game in the AL West.
The Royals took a 4-2 lead after three innings, but Brian McCann knocked in a run with a single in the top of the fourth to cut the deficit to one run. Carlos Correa hit a game-tying solo home run in the eighth. The Astros kept their foot on the gas, scoring two more runs on RBI singles from Evan Gattis and Marwin Gonzalez in the top of the eighth and another in the top of the ninth on Correa’s sacrifice fly.
Starter Lance McCullers allowed four runs (two earned) on six hits and two walks with nine strikeouts over six innings. Tony Sipp worked a scoreless seventh. Ken Giles did the same in the eighth. Hector Rondon finished off the win in the ninth, working around a one-out walk with a game-ending double play.
After winning all 10 games on their road trip against the Rangers, Athletics, and Royals, the Astros will head home for a nine-game homestand against the Rays, Royals, and Blue Jays. Each club is below .500.