The 33-year-old right-hander has started a total of seven games over the past two seasons as injuries have inhibited him ever since the Nationals run to the World Series in 2019, where he pitched two gems and was crowned MVP of the series.
But on a positive note, he appears to be making strides as he tries to return from his injury.
Nationals insider Jesse Dougherty says that in his recent bullpen session, Strasburg was working on adjusting his delivery a little, trying to pitch more from the windup instead of going full stretch.
Stephen Strasburg is throwing a bullpen and going out of the windup. He went full stretch in 2017 but was also doing some windup stuff while pantomiming his delivery yesterday.
— Jesse Dougherty (@dougherty_jesse) March 30, 2022
Strasburg Making Strides
This has to be good news for the Nationals.
It’s been far too long since they’ve had Strasburg healthy and available to pitch.
Though Washington doesn’t appear to have much of a shot at winning in 2022, Strasburg returning would be a huge boost for the team.
That could give the Nationals a solid top three in their rotation, that is, if everything goes according to plan.
But if Strasburg is healthy, there’s nothing that suggests he can’t return to his old form.
After all, he has recovered from Tommy John surgery before, so it’s not like this is new for him.
But we’ll see if he can get healthy and return to his old form.
That would be a major boost for the Nationals heading into the season.