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Stephen Strasburg threw for about 15 minutes today from 45 feet.
And on the surface, there was nothing special about the tasks Strasburg performed Thursday morning during the Washington Nationals' first official workout of the spring. He played catch for 15 minutes, tossing a ball gently back and forth with head trainer Lee Kuntz. He fielded comebackers off the bat of a minor-league coach. He received some bunting instructions from hitting coach Rick Eckstein.
Pretty mundane stuff, really. And yet, even the most mundane tasks carry special meaning right now for Strasburg, who five months removed from Tommy John surgery is beginning to feel like a real ballplayer again. He's still got a long way to go before he pitches in a big-league game again. But Strasburg has a clear goal in mind: Return to the mound in September.
"Yeah, it's obviously a goal," he said. "But it's out of my control. All I can do is just go out there and do the throwing program, execute the schedule. And if they feel like I'm ready at the end of the year to go out there and pitch, awesome. That's going to be great. But it's going to be a decision they're going to have to make."
Read my full story on Strasburg's first day in camp on CSNwashington.com.