"They wanted me to throw only like 56 pitches, but I didn't even really feel like I threw at all," Strasburg said. "I feel the strength has really stayed there, even though I missed a couple starts."
Strasburg lasted only two innings in his last start against the Braves May 31. Washington pushed back his next start two days, but when he could not toss a bullpen session ahead of that start, the Nationals put him on the DL.
Strasburg said he did not feel any tightness after the simulated game. Nationals manager Davey Johnson said Strasburg tossed three or four innings in the simulated game.
"[The back] feels good," Strasburg said. "Threw some good pitches, spotted the fastball, do what I need to do and get a move on, throw a bullpen and hopefully be ready to go."
Before the injury, the Nationals' ace had a 2.54 ERA, but just a 3-5 record to show for it.
Ian McCue is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.