SAN DIEGO -- Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg was at PETCO Park on Friday afternoon and had a bullpen session without any problems. Besides throwing fastballs off the mound, Strasburg threw changeups while playing catch on flat ground.
Pitching coach Steve McCatty, who watched Strasburg pitch for the first time since Spring Training, said Strasburg looked effortless and his mechanics looked fine.
"He is always in good spirits," McCatty said. "This kid is mentally tough. He knows what the road was planned out for him last year and what he had to do. He is doing a great job of it."
While everyone is talking about the one-year anniversary of his debut, Strasburg is thinking about getting his elbow healthy after undergoing Tommy John surgery last September. He currently has three bullpen sessions a week and throws 30-40 fastballs per session.
Strasburg hopes to pitch in a Major League game sometime in September.