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Stephen Strasburg scheduled for Tuesday return at Nationals Park

After throwing 25 pitches in a bullpen session this afternoon, Stephen Strasburg is scheduled to make his return from right shoulder inflammation and the 15-day disabled list next Tuesday at Nationals Park.

Strasburg will rest tomorrow aside from playing catch and shagging during batting practice, the same routine as any Nationals pitcher. On Thursday, he will throw a simulated game with batters standing in the box. He'll rest again Friday and throw another bullpen session Saturday in Los Angeles. At that point, the Nationals will be able finalize the decision they've made: that Strasburg will start Aug. 10 against the Marlins.

"It's only tentative if he doesn't respond 100 percent to the workload," Manager Jim Riggleman said. "We're anticipating everything will go fine and he can pitch Tuesday. But if there's the slightest something to be cautious about, we'll back off from that."

This afternoon, Strasburg warmed up in the outfield and then walked into the bullpen, where he threw off the mound for the first time since last Tuesday, when he was scratched from his start against the Braves after he had trouble warming up.

Strasburg threw all of his pitches, curveballs and changeups included. While he threw 25 pitches, fewer than a typical bullpen session, he threw with usual intensity.

"He was letting it go," head athletic trainer Lee Kuntz said. "He didn't have any problems during or after."

Afterward, Strasburg performed his usual weight-lifting routine, using small dumbbells. He was back to a standard routine. "It's a daily evaluation," Kuntz said. "He hasn't stumbled or taken any steps back from all the things he needs to do. We'll evaluate him again on Thursday. He feels better."

By Adam Kilgore  |  August 3, 2010; 7:50 PM ET
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This trip to the DL couldn't have come at a better time for Ted Lerner. The Nats sold a ton of tickets to the first and last games of their last home stand and now they are going to sell a ton of tickets to the first and last of this upcoming homestand. Plus, by missing two road starts he extends his season for more home games.

Posted by: PowerBoater69 | August 3, 2010 7:57 PM | Report abuse

Smoking cats! I think that's Andre Dawson night as well!!!

What a Tuesday that will be!!!!

Go Spos!

Posted by: CJArlington | August 3, 2010 8:07 PM | Report abuse

This trip to the DL couldn't have come at a better time for Ted Lerner. The Nats sold a ton of tickets to the first and last games of their last home stand and now they are going to sell a ton of tickets to the first and last of this upcoming homestand. Plus, by missing two road starts he extends his season for more home games.

Posted by: PowerBoater69 | August 3, 2010 7:57 PM
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Any chance we can end the conspiracy theories?

Posted by: TimDz | August 3, 2010 8:16 PM | Report abuse

Hopefully they have Miss Iowa lined up as a backup just in case.

Posted by: joebleux | August 3, 2010 8:17 PM | Report abuse

Any chance we can end the conspiracy theories?

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Do you think that there is any possibility that Stras just happens to be ready to return on the first day of a home stand? Profits are the driving force. This decision was made at a level above Rizzo, the GM, manager, and coaching staff are just along for the ride.

Posted by: PowerBoater69 | August 3, 2010 8:30 PM | Report abuse

Do you think that there is any possibility that Stras just happens to be ready to return on the first day of a home stand? Profits are the driving force. This decision was made at a level above Rizzo, the GM, manager, and coaching staff are just along for the ride.

Posted by: PowerBoater69 | August 3, 2010 8:30 PM
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OK....go look for the shooter on the grassy knoll....

Posted by: TimDz | August 3, 2010 8:39 PM | Report abuse

"OK....go look for the shooter on the grassy knoll...."

And someone please keep a lookout for Roger McDowell on the gravelly road, just in case.

Posted by: Ted_Striker | August 3, 2010 8:43 PM | Report abuse

Yes, of course. You could see Pudge snickering into his glove when Strasburg went into his "oooh, my shoulder's not getting loose" routine. You have to wonder how many times they rehearsed -that- particular little bit in the clubhouse. It was pretty believable. I would guess that the Lerners hired an acting to help Stras with his part, but we know they're too cheap for that.

Posted by: joebleux | August 3, 2010 8:52 PM | Report abuse

Uhmmm okay ...

Still doesn't explain what Riggleman is going to do with Lannan and Marquis (who apparently is ready), Stammen? And by the way: Livan Hernandez is still the ace of this staff?

He now has Olsen, Detwiler, and now Lannan? Plus Stammen, Hernandez, JD Martin, Marquis, Strasburg + Jordan Zimmermann is now off the 60-DL (although Ladson and his web site are having a problem keeping up) readdy to come up?

Posted by: periculum | August 3, 2010 9:06 PM | Report abuse

I hate to feed the troll, but Strasburg was supposed to pitch Sunday vs the Philthies - which ended up being the lowest announced attendance of the series. So if the Nats had some sort of motive to use Stras in such a way, then they should have let him throw - they would have sold out. They lost money with him out - and his DL side throwing will probably cost them another start and full stadium since they are counting some of that against his inning total.

But that probably didn't dawn on Powertroller though, because he's just not all that bright.

Posted by: Kev29 | August 3, 2010 9:18 PM | Report abuse

Are you kidding me? They didn't sell out against Philly but they sure did sell a lot of tickets despite the no show, and a Strasburg start increases ticket sales but the Friday game against the Giants showed that he does not guarantee a sell out. Any now Lerner gets to sell a ton of tickets to a Tuesday game against the lowly Marlins and a Sunday game against the Diamondbacks. Combined with the Strasburg DVD and the beer pitchers this should be a real nice selling homestand against two crummy teams.

As far as his throwing sessions reducing his starts, his inning cap is just a made up figure so there is no reason why this would limit the Nats from giving him his full projected number of starts, and in any case this cost him two road starts so there is no loss for the Nats.

Posted by: PowerBoater69 | August 3, 2010 9:29 PM | Report abuse

@joebleaux:
SS is banking $4.5M this year; If he wants a break, he can hire his own acting coach - But the Lerners might re-imburse him if he cashes two more homestand starts (Receipts, I need receipts!).

Posted by: BinM | August 3, 2010 9:40 PM | Report abuse

Jeeze, I hate conspiracy theories. Bozos make some silly claim, then challenge you to DISprove it, instead of vice versa (I'm the High-Voltage Electric Messiah. Go ahead, prove I'm not). They present no evidence, but just ask questions until they get one you can't answer, at which point they crow, "Ah-HAH!"

When presented with a conspiracy theory, remember, a question is NOT evidence. It's just a question. And a theory unsupported by any evidence is... what's the word? Oh, yeah - BS.

Posted by: gilbertbp | August 3, 2010 9:51 PM | Report abuse

What is the story with Wang?

Posted by: zmega | August 3, 2010 9:55 PM | Report abuse

What is the story with Wang?

Posted by: zmega | August 3, 2010 9:55 PM
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If you ask him, he probably hopes it's not a short story...

Posted by: TimDz | August 3, 2010 10:21 PM | Report abuse

I don't believe the conspiracy theories about his injury, or the timing of his return, for a second. Tuesday is the first day he can come off the DL, and if he's ready, of course they want him to pitch. And if that gives him two home starts against teams that otherwise won't draw well, all the better.

Also, for the record, Sunday's Phillies game was a technical sellout. The paid attendance was only 36K or so, but the game was a sellout because lots of Red Carpet Rewards and fourth game of value pack tickets were given out for the game. Why? Because SS was the announced pitcher, well in advance.

Posted by: Section222 | August 3, 2010 10:35 PM | Report abuse

Stras was placed on the DL retroactively to the day after his last start on 7/21 in Cinci, so he is eligible to return this Friday.

Posted by: PowerBoater69 | August 3, 2010 10:51 PM | Report abuse

They should announce he's going to start pitching on three days rest, then cancel each appearance right before the game. They'd clean up.

Posted by: markfromark | August 4, 2010 7:16 AM | Report abuse

You’re right, Boater. Every decision the franchise makes should appease the fans- immediately, or else you’ll never go to another game. It’s not like Rizzo/Kasten made this call. THEY couldn’t possibly know more about baseball than you.

Having recently moved to New England (for actual work, since I’m not in the think-tank lobbyist industry that owns DC), it’s a breath of fresh air to turn on the radio and hear just as much, if not more, about baseball as I do about other sports- even if they are not talking about the Nationals. It’s awesome!

In DC, on the other hand, after the Nats made a huge trade, the only story in the DC news media was Haynesworth not passing his conditioning test- OMG!!!! WHAT A SCOOP!!!

Finally, if DC fans would actually show up for ordinary baseball games, like fans do in Boston or Chicago or NY, not just ones where they expect to see Strasburg, the owners wouldn’t have a motive for this supposed conspiracy.

Posted by: jboogie1 | August 4, 2010 8:49 AM | Report abuse

Wev'e seen this game before. Strausburg won't be pitching on Tuesday---I'll gurantee it. This is just another Nationals gimmick to sell tickets. They did it with the orignal announcement IE: Bled to the press he would start against the Reds and after selling 35,000 tickets to a game that may have atrtracted 20,000 swiched him to the following Tuesday to pitch against the Pirates a team that may have drawn 15,000 but instead sold out 41,000. Wait and see the Nationals will let this thing "roll" up until Saturday or Sunday and then announce that he will pitch Thursday instead. That way they will sell 25-35,000 seats to the Marlins and then sell out against the D-Backs a team that on it's best day might draw the homeless sleeping under Memorial Bridge out of hiding providing they offer a free hot dog and chips.Let's face it--as much as we all love baseball---we all know it's a business and the most "corrupt" sport we have. What's really sad is this: Think of all the kid'sand thier families that get suckered into a game they would have never attended in hopes of seeing Strausburg. It's a shame because alot of families can only afford the $300-400 it cost for an outing at "pubically financed Nationals Stadium" once a summer.

Posted by: freehogan | August 4, 2010 9:43 AM | Report abuse

We’ve seen this game before. Strasburg won't be pitching on Tuesday---I'll guarantee it. This is just another Nationals gimmick to sell tickets. They did it with the original announcement IE: Bled to the press he would start against the Reds and after selling 35,000 tickets to a game that may have attracted 20,000 switched him to the following Tuesday to pitch against the Pirates, a team that may have drawn 15,000 but instead sold out 41,000. Wait and see the Nationals will let this thing "roll" up until Saturday or Sunday and then announce that he will pitch Thursday instead. That way they will sell 25-35,000 seats to the Marlins and then sell out against the D-Backs a team that on its best day might draw the homeless sleeping under Memorial Bridge out of hiding “providing they offer a free hot dog and chips”. Let’s face it--as much as we all love baseball---we all know it's a business and the most "corrupt" sport we have. What's really sad is this: Think of all the kid’s and their families that get suckered into a game they would have never attended in hopes of seeing Strasburg. It's a shame because most families can only afford the $300-400 it cost for an outing at the "publically financed Nationals Stadium" once a summer.

Posted by: freehogan | August 4, 2010 9:50 AM | Report abuse

Wev'e seen this game before. Strausburg won't be pitching on Tuesday---I'll gurantee it.

Posted by: freehogan | August 4, 2010 9:43 AM

Can't spell Strasburg. Actually, can't spell anything! Welcome, Strasburg conspiracy consumerfan ding-a-ling!

Posted by: Kev29 | August 4, 2010 10:43 AM | Report abuse

To all you Panic-Mongers... "Nothing to see here. Move along. See you on Tuesday for Stephen's scheduled start. Move along. Keep it moving."

Posted by: jmurray019 | August 4, 2010 10:54 AM | Report abuse

@Kev29:
Attendance for the Phillies series was:

Friday 32,590
Saturday 38,049
Sunday 35,807

Friday had the lowest announced attendance, not Sunday. There was probably some Strasburg effect on Sunday's attendance.

I still don't subscribe to the conspiracy theories floating around this thread.

Posted by: bertbkatz | August 4, 2010 11:33 AM | Report abuse

conspiracy theorist, please write a book, become a best selling author for fiction, buy an island in the south pacific and forget about baseball....is there a shadow in every corner of your life...everytime you turn around somebody say "gotcha"....how can you enjoy your next meal without a taster....smdh

Posted by: joerutgens72 | August 4, 2010 12:21 PM | Report abuse

I want a refund for my time after having read these conspiracy theories.

Posted by: rodeorob | August 4, 2010 12:39 PM | Report abuse

Can I get my ticket refund first? I promise to pay it back if $tra$burg actually pitches.

Posted by: rev_ollie | August 4, 2010 1:14 PM | Report abuse

"It`s a conspiracy." Of course, that`s merely a theory.

"It`s not a conspiracy." Of course, that`s merely a theory.

The folks discussing the "conspiracy theory" are nuts. Of course, that`s a fact.

Posted by: nanonano1 | August 4, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse

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