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Strasburg makes a mess of his rehab start

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08:40 AM ET 08.18 | Perhaps Stephen Strasburg is not ready to return, after all. Strasburg's first pitch Wednesday night was a 97-mph fastball that popped into his catcher's glove for strike one, and his final pitch was a wicked, 84-mph curveball that hit the poor batter on the top of his back foot, even as he was twisting himself into a pretzel in flailing away at it. But in between, Strasburg made about as big a mess of his start -- the third of his minor league rehabilitation assignment -- as he ever has as a professional, which is certain to lead to questions about the 23-year-old right-hander's health and readiness, as he nears both the one-year anniversary of his elbow injury and the target date for his return to the majors.

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August 18, 2011  08:55 AM ET

What mess? How about a little more details....

August 18, 2011  08:56 AM ET

First!

Everyone has bad days, he was due for one after all it's just his 3rd rehab start. Hitting 97 with the fastball is a good sign that he's got his arm strength back. Now he just needs to work on control.

August 18, 2011  08:56 AM ET

*2nd* ya snuck in

August 18, 2011  09:06 AM ET

Talk about the pressure this guy is under to go back to a team that well............STINKS!!

August 18, 2011  09:18 AM ET

what was the mess ? who prints this garbage ?

August 18, 2011  09:21 AM ET

That's why they are "rehab" starts. If they aren't hitting his fastball and they aren't hitting his curveball, then Strasburg is working on an arm friendly third pitch so that MLBers don't sit on the #1 or #2. Work in Progress, obviously.

August 18, 2011  09:29 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

That's why they are "rehab" starts. If they aren't hitting his fastball and they aren't hitting his curveball, then Strasburg is working on an arm friendly third pitch so that MLBers don't sit on the #1 or #2. Work in Progress, obviously.

Actually, they hit everything else he threw, when he got it over the plate.

August 18, 2011  10:14 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

What mess? How about a little more details....

Crapped the bed?

August 18, 2011  11:01 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Actually, they hit everything else he threw, when he got it over the plate.

So basically, he was a Brad Penny clone.

August 18, 2011  11:55 AM ET

seems like it takes guys a year to get to point where they can pitch all out and another year before they really get their velocity and command back to point where they are effective at big league level. so this should be looked at as the middle phase of his recovery.

August 18, 2011  12:35 PM ET

if the nationals franchise continue messin with strasburg, all what they can get its making him go wrong on his rehabs, wonder why the nationals don't leave this pitcher alone? if the team wait one year then why the nationals can't wait a few months more i mean what's the hurry??

August 18, 2011  01:18 PM ET
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if the nationals franchise continue messin with strasburg, all what they can get its making him go wrong on his rehabs, wonder why the nationals don't leave this pitcher alone? if the team wait one year then why the nationals can't wait a few months more i mean what's the hurry??

If the Nats leave him alone, he will self destruct on the mound... They left him alone last year and his poor mechanics tore his elbow to shreds... If he returns to the same mechanics he was used to in college and his start in the pros, he will go down as a bust of epic proportions... Almost every talking head in baseball marvelled at the pitches he threw, but they all cringed when they saw his mechanics... I don't know why the Nats are in such a hurry to rush this kid back... Their season is over... They have zero chance to catch the Braves, let alone the Phillies...

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August 19, 2011  03:12 PM ET
QUOTE(#12):

If the Nats leave him alone, he will self destruct on the mound... They left him alone last year and his poor mechanics tore his elbow to shreds... If he returns to the same mechanics he was used to in college and his start in the pros, he will go down as a bust of epic proportions... Almost every talking head in baseball marvelled at the pitches he threw, but they all cringed when they saw his mechanics... I don't know why the Nats are in such a hurry to rush this kid back... Their season is over... They have zero chance to catch the Braves, let alone the Phillies...

they are not rushing him he is right on schedule

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