The Nationals had some good news and some bad on the injury front Saturday as they got ready to take on the Chicago Cubs in an early afternoon start.
The good news was Stephen Strasburg threw a bullpen session for the first time in his recovery from a strained left trapezius muscle. The bad news was Yunel Escobar is out for the second straight day with a sore right wrist.
Manager Matt Williams said Strasburg threw 30 pitches.
"He threw 30 pitches today. All of his pitches in the bullpen and he came out of it feeling good."
Strasburg was placed on the 15-day disabled list May 30. He was removed from his start the day before in Cincinnati in the second inning with what was first described as neck tightness.
Strasburg has struggled this season while battling an assortment of minor injuries. He is 3-5 with a 6.55 ERA on the year.
Escobar hurt his wrist on a check-swing in the first inning of Thursday night's series opener against the Cubs. He had an x-ray that showed no broken bones, but his wrist remains sore.
Williams said Escobar's wrist injury is not likely to land him on the disabled list.
"I wouldn't anticipate it, but you never know," he said. "Escobar is okay. He'll get in here and get some treatment. Get in the cage and see what he feels like. He was available yesterday to play defense. We'll see where he's at."
Escobar is batting .316 this season with two homers, 14 RBI and 28 runs.