Sep 2, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Washington Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg (37) delivers to the plate during the fourth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies defeated the Nationals 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Strasburg good to go for Spring Training


Washington Nationals right-handed pitcher Stephen Strasburg will be on the mound and in good health when Spring Training begins for the 2014 MLB season. Speaking to the media at NatsFest, Strasburg said everything is back to normal.

“I feel great. Normal schedule. Doing my throwing, lifting, running, the whole shebang,” Strasburg said. “Just kind of getting ready for Spring Training with no problems.”

Strasburg had arthroscopic surgery to remove bone chips from his elbow in the offseason, but the pitcher doesn’t think it will affect his game moving forward.

“It’s kind of something that happened, and I’m not going to change the way I go out there and approach the game. … If I win or lose, that’s all I can really do.”

Strasburg started 30 games last year for the Nationals, going 8-9 with a 3.00 era. His 183 innings were the third most on the team behind Jordan Zimmerman, 213.1, and Gio Gonzales, 195.2. For his career, he is 29-19 with a 2.96 era.

Strasburg also had Tommy John surgery on his elbow three years ago and missed most of the 2011 season recovering.

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