Strasburg ready to go back on field

A month after having elbow reconstruction, Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg said he had his cast removed two weeks ago, is close to having his range of motion and should be rehabbing his right elbow soon.

Strasburg, who is continuing his studies at San Diego State University, said he watches the Nationals on regular basis and acknowledged that it’s sometimes hard to watch them because he is not out there. Strasburg is expected to be back on a Major League by the end of next year. 

“I wish I was out there with everybody,”  Strasburg said during a conference call. “I think the hardest part was being back [in California] and waiting for the surgery to happen. Once it was over with, it was  sense of relief. I knew everything was fixed and I’m closer to getting back out there.”

Strasburg was the talk of baseball after making his Major League debut on June 8 against the Pirates. A sellout crowd of 40,315 at Nationals Park saw Strasburg allow just four hits, and his 14 strikeouts established a club record. The 14 strikeouts by Strasburg in a Major League debut were one shy of the all-time mark of 15 set by Karl Spooner in 1954 and J.R. Richard in ’71.

But his season came to an end after he felt pain in the elbow on Aug. 21 against the Phillies.  Strasburg would have surgery a couple of weeks later. Strasburg made 12 starts and went 5-3 with a 2.91 ERA.

“I’m chalking it up as a great season,” Strasburg said.  “It’s unfortunate for this to happen. While I was out there, I had more people become Nats fans. I know there are going to be there when I come back in a year. I’m not too worried about it. I’ll know I’m going to work as hard as I possibly can, be back out there and show people what I can bring to the table.”

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