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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."

By Dave Sheinin  | September 28, 2010; 3:55 PM ET
Categories:  Stephen Strasburg  
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I'm surprised they aren't charting the recovery of Jesus on the crawl on ESPN. However, another flame thrower like Chapman from Cuba doesn't get the attention that Jesus did/does? What a disgrace and shows that certain social issues still are being worked out I guess.

Posted by: jwing14 | September 28, 2010 4:19 PM | Report abuse

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:

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

There is no angry fan base because there is no fan base. There are a few geeks out there that will support anything because it is the "home" team for some reason, but not a significant number by any means and no one watches their games on TV either. They should move.

Posted by: jwing14 | September 28, 2010 3:41 PM

Ding, ding, ding. We have a winner. Winner, winner, chicken dinner.

Also, loved in that last thread all the Natinal fans turning on each other and management all in one swoop. Gotta love it.

As for prayer, good luck with that.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | September 28, 2010 4:57 PM | Report abuse

Poopy McPoop: sniffing primary effluent in the waters off the coast since he didn't bring his diaper genie to snuff.

Posted by: periculum | September 28, 2010 5:36 PM | Report abuse

Chapman has flame ... jwing14, but he was supposed to be a starter? He was in Cuba? What makes Yuniesky Maya a better starter than 104 mph flame thrower Chapman? Why did the Reds move him to the bullpen in AAA?

Dude he can't even hold Strasburg's dirty socks when it comes to pitching ... for that matter he isn't even as good a pitcher as Livan Hernandez both when he was young AND now?

Note the operative word here dolt: P-I-T-C-H-E-R not THROWER.

Sheesh Redskins fans from RI too often need remedial learning ...

Posted by: periculum | September 28, 2010 5:39 PM | Report abuse

Well Chapman's gonna be pitching in the postseason while Strasburg and Hernandez are at home watching reruns of Jersey Shore.

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

Glad to hear Stephen's taking advantage of the opportunity to work toward his degree while rehabbing his elbow.

Posted by: ericp331 | September 28, 2010 8:37 PM | Report abuse

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