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Nationals say Stephen Strasburg is having a ‘regular’ offseason

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The Nationals expect Stephen Strasburg to be ready at spring training.

Both Davey Martinez and Mike Rizzo said as much Tuesday during Zoom calls with reporters.

Rizzo said Strasburg, who pitched only five innings last season because of carpal tunnel surgery on his right wrist Aug. 26, was re-examined Dec. 4. He has begun his throwing program, maintained a physical therapy program and is now, according to Martinez, in a “regular” offseason.

“We feel he should be full-go by the end of spring training,” Rizzo said.

Strasburg tried to pitch through persistent wrist pain before the Nationals pulled the plug on his season after just two starts. They are unsure what caused the impingement in Strasburg’s wrist, though wonder if the start-stop-start of last season had something to do with it.

For his part, Strasburg was candid about the pain he experienced -- it was enough to wake him at night -- and why he tried to keep going. However, he has not talked publicly since surgery ended his season.

Strasburg, Max Scherzer and Patrick Corbin all had down seasons in 2020. Strasburg is coming off an injury, Scherzer is entering the final year of his contract and Corbin will be looking to rebound from the second-worst year of his career. Those three need to be right for the Nationals to have a chance to compete in an improving National League East Division.