Stephen Strasburg On Track To Start For Nationals Thursday

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Nationals' right-hander Stephen Strasburg was scratched from what would have been his 29th start of the season on Friday night, but the Nats' '09 no.1 overall pick threw a bullpen session without incident on Monday and is in line to return on Thursday.

In an interview on MASN on Friday, Washington Nationals' GM Mike Rizzo explained the decision to scratch Stephen Strasburg from what would have been the right-hander's 29th start of the season that night. "Stras had some stiffness in his forearm when he was playing catch yesterday," Rizzo said. "We sent him to the doctor. He got a full exam and an MRI and nothing structural is wrong. It looks like it's just some inflammation. He's taking some medication for it and hopefully next time his start rolls around he should be able to post."

"We sent him to the doctor. He got a full exam and an MRI and nothing structural is wrong. It looks like it's just some inflammation." - Mike Rizzo on MASN on Strasburg

After Sunday afternoon's game in the nation's capital, Davey Johnson told reporters that the Nats' 25-year-old starter had played catch without any issues. "He's fine," Johnson said, " Felt really good. He's on track, now he's going to throw a bullpen tomorrow."

The Nationals had previously said that if all went well in his throwing sessions, Strasburg would be back to start on Thurday in the first game of four with the Miami Marlins in Washington, D.C.

Before today's game in Nationals Park, the Nats' skipper updated reporters on the status of the Nats' '09 no.1 overall pick:

In 28 starts so far this season, in his fourth major league campaign, Strasburg is (7-9) with a 2.96 ERA, a 3.18 FIP, 52 BB (2.75 BB/9) and 181 Ks (9.58 K/9) in 170 IP. Barring any setbacks, he'll be back on the mound in the nation's capital on Thursday.

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