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Stephen Strasburg Pitches In Three-Inning Simulated Game, 'Getting Close' To Minor League Start

Stephen Strasburg took another big step forward in his recovery from last September's Tommy John Surgery. The Washington Nationals' phenom threw in a three-inning simulated game on Thursday in Viera, Florida, and it appears he is closing in on his first rehabilitation start. Via Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post.

Stephen Strasburg threw a three-inning simulated game yesterday in Viera, Fla. and "threw extremely well," Nationals pitching coordinator Spin Williams said.

Williams said Strasburg is "getting close" to making his first minor league rehab start, which could put him on track to pitch in September if the Nationals believe he is ready. All in all, Strasburg threw 50 pitches in the start, which would account for at least half of a full game. The Nationals also apparently made the game as realistic as possible, simulating Strasburg's team hitting to adjust Strasburg to the rhythm of the game.

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