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Posted at 10:12 AM ET, 03/ 1/2011

Stephen Strasburg making progress, slowly

By Adam Kilgore

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Since the first day Stephen Strasburg showed up at Nationals spring training and played light catch (Lightcatchageddon?), there has been a dearth of updates regarding his condition. This owes to the nature of the Tommy John surgery recovery process. It's like a child growing up or the economic decline of Japan. Today is the same as yesterday, until so many todays pile up.

So, unless disaster strikes, there will be little apparent reason for an update on his condition. At some point, if all goes to plan, he'll climb a mound for the first time. Much later this season, he'll pitch in a minor league game. For the most part, no news is good news.

With that as prologue, Strasburg has made some small progress during his time at Nationals spring training. He was throwing from 45 feet on his first day. By now, he has backed up to roughly 75 feet, he said this morning, and his rebuilt right elbow is perfectly fine.

"It feels great," Strasburg said. "You just can't push it, because then it won't feel great."

By Adam Kilgore  | March 1, 2011; 10:12 AM ET
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"It's like a child growing up or the economic decline of Japan."

Is Chico Harlan contributing to your reports now, Kilgore? Aren't you supposed to acknowledge that at the end?

Posted by: FeelWood | March 1, 2011 10:21 AM | Report abuse

Can I trade 2 teenagers for Strasburg?

Posted by: keepandbear | March 1, 2011 10:41 AM | Report abuse

I am so glad that my job doesn't require me to babble about nonsense to fill a page. Will you please let us know when he is ready to take the mound and layoff the Strasburg reports until then?

Posted by: KDSmallJr | March 1, 2011 11:25 AM | Report abuse

Some of us (I include myself) as like Skins Fans--all NATS posts are good and are to be read and savored. The headlines (for the most part) inform one as to what the Post is about. If one finds it uninteresting, one may pass on reading it. If AK heeded all the request to quit posting about (fill in the blank space), NATS Journal would be very sparse indeed. As for Strasburg, I, for one, enjoy reading progress reports about him. Harper too for that matter. Let's Win Two!!

Sec 204 Row H Seat 7

Posted by: adhardwick | March 1, 2011 12:14 PM | Report abuse

Then why have we been having the updates about Strasburg and his chewing tobacco quit?

Judging by the tone of the articles, we do not get updates about Strasburg, so to speak, unless his publicity people send something over and they've been lying down on the job.

Posted by: Nemo24601 | March 1, 2011 12:27 PM | Report abuse

There seems to be some confusion. I wrote this post because to me, it seemed odd that Strasburg's first day caused such a stir and there hasn't been another word about him since. I sought to explain why that was, and then offer a minor update -- the kind of minor update that, by itself, shows why there really aren't many updates.

Also, if Stasburg has "publicity people," they're sending us reporters nothing.

Posted by: Adam Kilgore | March 1, 2011 12:38 PM | Report abuse

Adam, there wasn't anything confusing or wrong with your post. There will always be some dope (or group of dopes) to respond negatively to anything you write here. Please don't let that stop you from providing the updates that the vast majority of us greatly appreciate (a mostly silent majority since the comment section has become close to unreadable).

Posted by: joebleux | March 1, 2011 12:46 PM | Report abuse

Look, while SS is the new face of the franchise, he's not going to be pitching until September. And Bryce Harper's 2 strikeouts are getting as much press here as Charlie Sheen's public meltdown.

There are a number of other legitimate stories that need more attention than Strasburg and Harper (e.g., Michael Morse, Michael Morse, Michael Morse; the quality of our pitching staff; and what to do if/when Nyjer Morgan flops). Let's stick to them.

Looking forward to a fun season! Go NATS!

Posted by: luv2bikva | March 1, 2011 12:47 PM | Report abuse

Strasburg is working through the standard post-TJ rehab - flat ground from 45 ft, then 60, 75, & 90ft, progressing toward 120 & 150ft before he actually moves toward a mound & a bullpen at 80% of armspeed.

Adam, thanks for the update, but don't call us until he's back on a mound. (Next Strasburg update - late April / early May).

Posted by: BinM | March 1, 2011 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Adam, I must be one of the silent majority because I appreciated your post. I have been curious about the lack of news concerning Strasburg and have searched other news outlets for some type of update concerning him. I was operating under the "no news is good news" assumption, but it's always nice to get confirmation. Keep up the good work and ignore the unhappy few who wait like vultures to pounce on something they think that they can criticize. Why they do so is beyond me, perhaps there is a psychiatrist out there who could offer an explanation.

Posted by: orangeskin | March 1, 2011 1:13 PM | Report abuse

I'm with orangeskin, Adam. I enjoy your coverage and your writing.
I do wonder, at times, if you used to beat up FeelWood in the playground. (I could only wish) He seldom says anything about baseball, but consistently plays the critic, editor--whatever.

Posted by: jcampbell1 | March 1, 2011 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Since SS is will be the face of the Nationals for at least the next 6 years we fans want to know all trivia about him, so except for some nay sayers, the vast majority of us love your posts. PS much better than hearing about Fat Albert all football season

Posted by: spcompro | March 1, 2011 8:45 PM | Report abuse

Since SS is will be the face of the Nationals for at least the next 6 years we fans want to know all trivia about him, so except for some nay sayers the vast majority of us love your posts. PS much better than hearing about fat Albert all football season

Posted by: spcompro | March 1, 2011 8:46 PM | Report abuse

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