Strasburg gradually regaining arm strength

Strasburg gradually regaining arm strength

VIERA, Fla. -- Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg continues to make progress following Tommy John surgery last September. He is now throwing 90 feet on flat ground and his arm strength is slowly coming back.

The next time he throws on flat ground, Strasburg hopes to throw 15 feet further than before. There is no timetable as to when Strasburg will throw off the mound.

Once he is healthy and ready to pitch in the Major Leagues, Strasburg wants to be the ace of Washington's staff. Before he hurt his elbow in August, Strasburg was clearly Washington's best starter. In 12 games, Strasburg was 5-3 with a 2.91 ERA and 92 strikeouts in 68 innings. There is a possibility he could return to action sometime in September.

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"My goal is to be the horse in this rotation," Strasburg said. "I want to go 200-plus innings every year, so it's something I'm working hard for. Physically, I feel I'm on the right track to get back.

"I have to no choice [but to be patient]. I can't just wake up the next morning expecting to get on the mound. It's a slow gradual process. It's about the slow steady progress. It has to take its time and let the body heal naturally."