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Stephen Strasburg says rehab is going 'real well'

It wasn't his choice, but Nats pitcher Stephen Strasburg is taking it easy these days, he said in a conference call with reporters this afternoon.

"I just got my cast off about two weeks ago and I've just been getting my range of motion back," Strasburg said in his first public comments since having ligament replacement surgery Sept. 3. (Dave Sheinin relayed the quotes and has the full Nats Journal post; these are running quotes from the conference call.) "It's going real well, I'm feeling real good and should be starting the actual rehab process shortly."

Strasburg said he's been watching the Nats "very closely. Everybody seems to be playing hard. It's awesome to watch, but at the same time it's very hard to watch because I wish I was out there with everybody. But it is what it is."

Strasburg said the hardest part was "that little period of being back here [in California, where he had surgery] and waiting for the surgery to happen. Once it was over with, there was definitely a sense of relief. Every single day, it's just been getting closer to getting out there."

Strasburg admitted that the rehab is tedious and said he's looking forward to finishing his college degree at San Diego State during a recovery process that could take 12 or more months.

"What they're telling me is that the more boring it is the better," Strasburg said. "The first few months it's all about just letting the new ligament heal and just ... recover. But at same time, I'm eating healthy, trying to do some sort of workout every single day, whether core or elliptical. ...

"They have it all mapped out, up until you throw your first professional pitch again. I just go on what they're telling me. if I'm doing well, things could get speeded up. There is a target date, but right now it's way too early.

"It is a tough process, but I keep telling myself as each day goes by I'm getting closer to being back out there and battling and winning games."

More headlines:

Dave Sheinin: A cranky Strasburg begins rehab

Nats Journal: The bright side of Tommy John surgery

Feb. 2010: The Strasburg era begins

April 2010: Strasburg's pro debut in Altoona

By Cindy Boren  | September 28, 2010; 3:15 PM ET
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It is great to hear that Stephen Strasburg's recovery is going well. We pray that he will completely recover. A story about Strasburg's devastating diagnosis has been posted along with some lessons. Copy and paste this link into your browser:

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Posted by: heaven4sure | September 28, 2010 4:06 PM | Report abuse

So that's what Stephen reports as he completes his application for a burger flipper at McDonald's. We all know he's not returning to baseball...

Posted by: rpcv84 | September 28, 2010 4:07 PM | Report abuse

@rpcv84 Um, there are quite a few pitchers that have come back from this relatively routine surgery, and some with better results than before the surgery. Tim Hudson is a perfect example. He is third in wins amongst all active ptichers and was an All-Star this year and was an early contender for NL Cy Young. Strasburg is going to get healthy, fix his mechanics during rehab and come back better than ever. And with a much stonger ligament he should evetually be able to throw even harder. Steven and Arroldis are going to make for good NL matchups in the future. I can't wait.

Posted by: yargnad | September 28, 2010 5:16 PM | Report abuse

It's good to get the update and to hear that the surgery was a success. Let's hope the rehab goes as well. Looking foreward to seeing Strasburg back in uniform.

Posted by: esch | September 28, 2010 6:36 PM | Report abuse

Glad to see Stras has a good attitude and I'm optimistic about his full recovery. I just wish he'd stop saying, "it is what it is". It's probably just me, but that has quickly become my second-most unfavorite catch phrase, after "it's all good".

This is why I love to comment- I get a chance to vent about total trivialities whenever I want.

Posted by: justmike | September 28, 2010 9:23 PM | Report abuse

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