Stephen Strasburg's elbow rehab, in a word: 'Boring'
He sounded good. That was the first and immediate takeaway from Stephen Strasburg's teleconference with media members Tuesday afternoon -- the phenom's first public comments since undergoing season-ending elbow ligament-replacement surgery on Sept. 3. He seemed to be in good spirits. He seemed to have retained his resolve for making it back to the big leagues as quickly and as completely as possible.
"It is a tough process," Strasburg said from San Diego, where he was born and raised, and where he still makes his offseason home. "But I keep telling myself, as each day goes by, I'm getting closer to being back out there battling and winning games."
There were no significant revelations. Strasburg, 22, said he is taking classes at San Diego State, working toward the degree he abandoned when he left school following his junior year as arguably the most heralded draft pick in history. He has had some "baseball withdrawal," as he put it. He tries to do some sort of workout every day, typically core-strengthening exercises or a spin on the elliptical machine. He watches the Nationals on television whenever possible, and he did not enjoy seeing the Philadelphia Phillies celebrate a division title on the Nationals Park field last night.
"It didn't look too good," he said of the Phillies' celebration. "It happens. But you know, we could very well be doing that the next two years on their home turf. It'd be nice to have some payback."
It has only been about two weeks since Strasburg's cast was removed, and he still has not begun the actual rehabilitation process. He acknowledged this part of the process is boring, but said that, apparently, is a good thing.
"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."
Strasburg said the Nationals have "mapped out" the rehab process, right down to a target date for his return to the majors. But he did not reveal any specifics.
"I just go on what they're telling me," he said. "If I'm doing well, things could get sped up. There is a target date, but right now it's way too early."
| September 28, 2010; 3:55 PM ET
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