Strasburg likely headed to Minors, has live BP session [updated]
Manager Jim Riggleman hinted Tuesday morning that right-hander Stephen Strasburg more than likely will be sent to Minor League camp after a couple of starts. Riggleman also didn’t rule out Strasburg making the team out of Spring Training.
Riggleman said Strasburg will not be judged based on what he does on the mound. His first start is March 9 against the Tigers. He is expected to throw two innings or 30 to 40 pitches.
The team has already said in the past that Strasburg hasn’t thrown enough innings in professional baseball. He has pitched 19 innings in the Arizona Fall League.
“I think it’s going to come down to a philosophical decision more so than a performance decision,” Riggleman said. “We anticipate that he is going to throw great. I think it’s going to come down to, what is going to be best for Stephen Strasburg as an organization. I have been very impressed and I continue to be impressed.”
“I’m not trying to dodge the question at all, but I’m going to be impressed with a lot of guys, but some of them are not going to make the club.”
Strasburg had his second live batting practice session that same day. He threw for 12 minutes and dominated while Roger Bernadina, Eric Bruntlett, Willy Taveras and Josh Whitesell were at the plate.
“He was throwing his fastball — a four seamer and a two seamer,” Bruntlett said of Strasburg. “He had pretty good movement on it. He was throwing a breaking ball and it was pretty sharp. He has a changeup as well.”
Only Bernadina and Bruntlett made solid contact with Bernadina hitting a ball through the hole, while Bruntlett hit a chopper.
“He looked great. He looked like he has everything he needs to be an accomplished big-league pitcher,” Bruntlett said about Strasburg. “That’s what you could tell at this point, but it’s hard to really know. There’s a lot more that goes into getting guys out and having a good arm. He certainly has everything he needs.”