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08:10 AM ET 08.02 | Gear up for another Strasburg Watch. Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg is nearing the end of his stay in Florida and the end of a lengthy, arduous road back from Tommy John surgery. He will throw a simulated game in Florida on Tuesday and the next test for Strasburg could be on a mound at one of their affiliates. Strasburg could make a rehab start in the next week to 10 days, Nationals manager Davey Johnson said Monday, thereby starting the clock on when the Nationals' ace will find himself back on a major league mound. ... Strasburg has been throwing simulated games for the last two weeks or so, every fifth day, and he's been clocked between 92 and 95 easily.

The Washington Times

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August 2, 2011  08:30 AM ET

Forgot about him. Hopefully he comes back instead of becoming the next Mark Prior. If he does become the next Mark Prior, though, he can sign with the Yankees one day.

August 2, 2011  08:35 AM ET

At this point there is no need to rush him back. The National's won't be playing for anything. Having him healthy for next year should give them a big lift.

August 2, 2011  09:02 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

At this point there is no need to rush him back. The National's won't be playing for anything. Having him healthy for next year should give them a big lift.

True, but it would be nice to have a little piece of mind going into the winter, that he's healthy and has already came back from this. He can just gear up normaly for next season.

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August 2, 2011  09:54 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

I hope for the Nationals that this guy comes back better than ever.Washington could contend over the next couple of years.

If Strasburg has fixed his mechanics, he'll be fine... If not, he'll break down again and the Nats will be left with nothing but Jayson Werth's bloated contract...

August 2, 2011  10:48 AM ET

The Nats, unlike the 'Skins, have actually got ownership and management that are working together to be a long term contender in the NL. The sooner they can get this kid on the mound, the better - a short season can be assessed and then he can prep for a full year. The Werth contract was probably a mistake - i don't see them making it over and over again like Snyder does.

August 2, 2011  11:45 AM ET

I'm anxious to see him back. I think he'll be with the Nats from the beginning of Spring training next year.

August 2, 2011  11:52 AM ET

Seriously, another Nats thread?

August 2, 2011  11:56 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Forgot about him. Hopefully he comes back instead of becoming the next Mark Prior. If he does become the next Mark Prior, though, he can sign with the Yankees one day.

I must've missed the news of Prior signing with the Yanks....

August 2, 2011  12:08 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

I must've missed the news of Prior signing with the Yanks....

Guess you did.

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August 2, 2011  01:58 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

At this point there is no need to rush him back. The National's won't be playing for anything. Having him healthy for next year should give them a big lift.

Yes there is, I picked him up..

August 2, 2011  01:59 PM ET
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Prior to the Yanks huh?is he gonna be their #2 in the playoffs?

he's been in the farm system all year

August 2, 2011  02:14 PM ET

Is anyone changing his mechanics? Isn't that why he's in this situation in the first place?

August 2, 2011  03:11 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

At this point there is no need to rush him back. The National's won't be playing for anything. Having him healthy for next year should give them a big lift.

the nationals should use smart approach, there is no need for strasburg to pitch this year at all, wonder what's the hurry why would they risk this pitcher? do they really want to mess up this guy for good??

August 2, 2011  03:46 PM ET

the cardenals would like to step out in this pennant race!!!

August 2, 2011  03:53 PM ET
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he's been in the farm system all year

Has only pitched 6 inning all year. Now at AAA Scranton. Not this year anything for him . Most likely never.

August 2, 2011  04:28 PM ET

Sucks for this guy is all I got to say to that.

August 2, 2011  05:45 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

At this point there is no need to rush him back. The National's won't be playing for anything. Having him healthy for next year should give them a big lift.

REVENUE. That would be the only reason they bring him back for a few starts this year. Games will be sold out as they were last year & there will be renewed interest for season tickets. Puts fans in the seats again.

He shouldn't start though. The Nats have nothing to play for, there's no need risking a major setback. You can scout his stuff down in the minors during simulated games.

 
August 2, 2011  07:13 PM ET
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REVENUE. That would be the only reason they bring him back for a few starts this year. Games will be sold out as they were last year & there will be renewed interest for season tickets. Puts fans in the seats again.He shouldn't start though. The Nats have nothing to play for, there's no need risking a major setback. You can scout his stuff down in the minors during simulated games.

I want Strasburg healthy for next year. I'm not buying a ticket to watch him pitch an inning or two in September. What I would pay for a is Riggelman decapitated bobblehead nite. That guy sucked the good vibe air out of the Nats' spring.

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