MLB News: Nationals Strasburg Throws Off of Mound

| by Off The Record

The Washington Nationals need all the good news they can get. And while this little item might not do anything to salvage their 2011 season, it could be a major deal for 2012.

Their stud young phenom fire hurler, Stephen Strasburg, threw off a mound today for the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery in September. Strasburg broke the news on Twitter.

“First bullpen in the books. Felt great! Hopefully time will speed up now!,” he tweeted.

The recovery period on this surgery is usually 12-18 months. So, in theory, Strasburg could make a few starts this season. But we say…”why?” What good will that do? Let him rest it and start some winter league games or something. No reason to rush.

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