Strasburg reports no problems playing catch

Strasburg reports no problems playing catch

WASHINGTON -- Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg, on the disabled list because of shoulder stiffness, played catch in outfield Sunday without having any problems, according to pitching coach Steve McCatty. Strasburg threw as far as 60 feet.

"It went fine, very good," McCatty said. "In my mind he is fine. ... He felt free and easy. He felt good."

After he plays catch again Monday, Strasburg will have a bullpen session Tuesday and have a simulated game on Thursday in Arizona.

Manager Jim Riggleman doesn't believe Strasburg will need a rehab assignment before being taken off the disabled list. Riggleman declined to say when Strasburg's next Major League start will be.

"If he goes OK in the simulated game and then responds to that with a day or two of rest and then throws his bullpen session, he would not have to go to the rehab situation to start over. He would still be built up enough to continue on and pitch."

In nine Major League starts, Strasburg is 5-2 with a 2.32 ERA.