Strasburg getting ready for Nationals start



WASHINGTON (AP) — One year ago, Stephen Strasburg had Tommy John surgery. It’s an anniversary he’d like to forget, and he’s getting closer to putting it behind him.

Strasburg is scheduled to start for the Washington Nationals on Tuesday against the Los Angeles Dodgers, and he’s eager to get going. The right-hander threw a bullpen session Saturday.

He says it’s been a long year, but time went quicker once he began throwing off a mound and facing batters. He says he will make four starts and wants to go into the offseason healthy.

Manager Davey Johnson will have him on a strict pitch limit. Johnson says he’ll throw fewer pitches than the 70 he threw in his sixth and final rehab start on Thursday for Double-A Harrisburg.