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Posted at 12:29 PM ET, 02/17/2011

Nationals pitchers, including Stephen Strasburg, get their first work in

By Adam Kilgore

The Nationals' pitchers and catchers have completed their first full workout of the spring. Several pitchers threw bullpen sessions, including Chien-Ming Wang, and the low level of intensity of his session shows why he believes he'll probably have to start 2011 in the minors, building up innings.

The pitcher who had the most attention is the one whose actions least resembled pitching. Stephen Strasburg put in his first work of the spring alongside the rest of his teammates, but not quite like them. He tossed lightly with trainer Lee Kuntz for 15 minutes, taking a short break halfway through to speak with Kuntz and pitching coach Steve McCatty. All around him, air hissed and mitts popped. Strasburg's 45-foot lobs landed in Kuntz's glove with a soft, almost polite thud.

Nationals pitchers lined up on the right field line of Field 3, their partner in the outfield. The partners kept moving back as the warm-up session continued. Kuntz, once he reached 45 feet, remained in place.

That will be what his spring is like as he recovers from last September's Tommy John surgery. Strasburg will incrementally increase his workload, but it promises to be a slow, cautious increase. In a few moments, he's going to chat about his workout, his expectations for this spring, and whatever else the bloodthirsty media wants to ask.

Oh, if you were wondering: Strasburg has traded his offseason beard for a thick patch of hair on his chin.

More in a bit.

By Adam Kilgore  | February 17, 2011; 12:29 PM ET
 
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Comments

The Natinal pitchers probably already look like they're in mid-season form, giving up homerun after homerun, not being able to find the strike zone, etc.

As for Strasburg, what kind of teenie-bopper grows "a thick patch of hair on his chin"?

Geez, Stras get out of they're, the Natinals water supply is contaminated.

Hahahahahahahahahhahahahaha

Posted by: P00PY_MCP00P | February 17, 2011 1:29 PM | Report abuse

Keep up the good work Nats! So excited for the season to begin...GO NATS! :)

Posted by: mink23 | February 17, 2011 1:56 PM | Report abuse

"they're" means "they are"...

"there" indicates location, you can remember it because it has "here" in it. I think you meant "there".

That's all...please continue your meaningful and insightful posting from your parents basement. And don't forget to take the recycling out! Wouldn't want mom to cut off your internet.

Posted by: sollazo | February 17, 2011 2:01 PM | Report abuse

"Geez, Stras get out of they're, the Natinals water supply is contaminated.

Hahahahahahahahahhahahahaha"

Oh kind of like when Mussina traded the Ori-hole byrd for pin-stripes eh Poopy? As will any decent starter the Ori-holes currently have ... so will it be written so will it be for McFail.

Meanwhile, the Nats will sign Pujols followed by a couple of top major league aces.

And the Ori-hole cookies? Oh snap, NO such luck as Angel'holes tries to find a buyer in Vegas.

Ahahahahahahahahahahaha Poopy pooped his pants in Vegas!

Posted by: periculum | February 17, 2011 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Why can't people on these threads understand and correctly use THERE, THEIR, and THEY'RE?

It's bad enough to read P00P's moronic diatribes day after day after day, but to have to endure incorrect word usage on top of that? Maybe the WAPO Grammar Police should be enforcing some rules.

Posted by: luv2bikva | February 17, 2011 2:16 PM | Report abuse

Actually periculum I will be pooping in Vegas when I'm there next week.

Suck on that. Have fun hanging out in your town falling for the ruse that the Natinals will ever be competitive.

Gotta love the "grammar police" out in full force. You know they've lost any argument when they can't refute the facts I post and have to resort to pointing out grammatical mistakes. On an internet blog.

Hahahaha, it's not like this is some important document that needs to be 100% grammatically correct.

Hahahaha. Enjoy watching the Natinals lose 120+ games this year.

Posted by: P00PY_MCP00P | February 17, 2011 2:23 PM | Report abuse

Food for thought: http://bats.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/02/17/mr-pujols-goes-to-washington-it-makes-sense/?ref=sports

Posted by: DKSW | February 17, 2011 2:50 PM | Report abuse

not that I want to feed any trolls, but has anyone else noticed that Mr. McPoop is usually the first one to comment after Mr. Kilgore posts his story? Could it be that Adam is indeed Poopy himself and is padding his reader comments???

Posted by: erocks33 | February 17, 2011 2:52 PM | Report abuse

@erocks33,

Nah, Poopy is also a Redskins "troll" and has been posting over on RI for a couple of years at least ... its not Adam. He's a Redskins and Ori-hole fan. He likes his milk and cookies along with his Riggo Ranger pants.

Hahaha Poopy I am sitting here with a magnificent ocean view? And where are you? Pooping in the middle of a dry gulch desert looking at Elvii impersonators who all want that Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs badge from Richard Nixon. Aahahahahahaha I can just see it now? The Ori-hole byrd as an Elvis impersonator wearing one of those badges ... ahahahahahahahahahaah

Poopy and his team the ultimate joke in all of baseball.

Posted by: periculum | February 17, 2011 2:58 PM | Report abuse

*Sigh*
You're right peric...its all too true.

But mommy did tell me I could hold her cup of quarters while she plays the slots, and if I was real good I could choose one dessert from the buffet cart!

Go Nats! Theire're awesome!

Posted by: P00PY__MCP00P | February 17, 2011 6:10 PM | Report abuse

refute facts? Don't you mean refudiate poopy.
What are your facts. 3 O's pitchers are cy young canidates? Bernidina does steriods?
O's are a 13 season and counting bunch of losers who the Nats out draw without the Yankees and Sox coming to town every other week. Those are facts.

Posted by: brianbu | February 17, 2011 8:46 PM | Report abuse

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