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Stephen Strasburg throws bullpen session, nears return

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WASHINGTON -- Stephen Strasburg threw a 31-pitch bullpen session Sunday at Nationals Park. Next is another bullpen session Wednesday.

“He let it go [Sunday],” Davey Martinez said.

Strasburg missed his first two starts of the season because of a nerve problem in his right hand caused by a wrist impingement. He required injections for the pain in his hand to subside.

He feels better. Martinez said Strasburg threw well Sunday. They will discuss Monday whether the next throwing session will include live hitters in a simulated game or just be conducted in the bullpen.

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If Strasburg throws Wednesday, he could start this weekend against Baltimore. The Sunday day game appears a logical landing point for him -- if all goes well.

The Nationals have placed Erick Fedde into the rotation in Strasburg’s place.

Howie Kendrick (upper back tightness) was back Sunday. He took several at-bats during the simulated game and will be ready to play Tuesday against the New York Mets, according to Martinez.

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