Strasburg progressing, but no firm timetable

August 5th, 2017

CHICAGO -- When was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a right elbow nerve impingement on July 27, Nationals manager Dusty Baker hoped the right-hander would miss one start at the most due to precautionary reasons. But nine days later, the Nats still don't have a solid update on when Strasburg is planning to return.

Before the Nationals' game vs. the Cubs on Saturday afternoon, a Nats spokesperson said Strasburg is "continuing to progress in his throwing program." Baker said he isn't sure if the pitcher will partake in a rehab assignment before returning.

Strasburg walked out of the clubhouse Saturday morning in full uniform, appearing to be preparing for a workout.

and A.J. Cole have served as rotation replacements with Strasburg, Max Scherzer and all missing a scheduled start. Joe Ross, who was the team's No. 5 starter, underwent Tommy John surgery in mid-July.

Strasburg has pitched in just one postseason game due to injuries, while the Nats have gone to the playoffs in three of the past six seasons. So with Washington holding a significant lead over the Marlins in the National League East, Baker has said he's focused on keeping Strasburg healthy for October instead of rushing him back.

Worth noting

• As expected, the Nationals placed Gonzalez on the paternity list Saturday morning with his wife expecting a baby. Fedde was recalled from Triple-A Syracuse in his place to start Sunday afternoon vs. the Cubs.

Fedde, the Nats' No. 3 prospect according to, allowed seven runs over four innings in his Major League debut last Sunday, and he will hope to improve on finishing batters off after throwing two strikes.

• Baker said will see the Nationals' doctors when the team returns to Washington next week to determine how long he'll be sidelined. The left-hander was placed on the 10-day DL on Friday with a left forearm strain he sustained Wednesday.