By Sam Bush
Stephen Strasburg is no longer feeling the nerve pain in his right hand that prevented him from making his first two scheduled starts of the season, and the Nats are planning for the veteran right-hander to throw off a mound this weekend and then potentially make his 2020 debut shortly after that.
Strasburg, sidelined with what he referred to as a nerve impingement in his right wrist, has thrown off flat ground each of the last two days with no issues, according to manager Davey Martinez. After throwing only fastballs Wednesday, he was set to throw off-speed pitches before today’s series finale against the Blue Jays.
If that went well, Strasburg’s next step would be to throw off the bullpen mound in the next day or two.
“He’s in a good spot right now,” Martinez said during today’s pregame Zoom session with reporters. “He’s not feeling that little nerve issue anymore. So hopefully we can get through this and he throws better today and we can get him out on the mound soon.”