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."
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
| September 28, 2010; 3:15 PM ET
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