Stephen Strasburg threw off a mound in a bullpen session for the first time since landing on the disabled list at Nationals Park on Tuesday. The right-hander is rehabbing a strained left oblique and tossed 30 pitches.
"[It was] light. Threw a couple of breaking balls. Fastballs and changeups, and had no issues. So, that’s a good sign," Matt Williams said. "We’ll see how he feels tomorrow. I would imagine some general body soreness tomorrow after being off a little while and getting back on the slope, but he had no pain throwing. That’s a good sign."
Williams indicated Strasburg - who has been on the DL since July 5 - will need another bullpen session before he is ready to begin a minor league rehab assignment.
"Depends on how he feels. It was a light bullpen today for the first one. I wouldn't necessarily expect that we'd throw him right into a game. We'll see where he is tomorrow, though, and have a better idea," he said.
Strasburg was removed from his July 4 start against the San Francisco Giants after feeling discomfort in his side. He has a 5.16 ERA through 13 games this season.
Anthony Rendon, Jayson Werth and Ryan Zimmerman are progressing through their own rehab assignments this week. Rendon (left quad strain) went 1-for-3 with two walks with the Single-A Potomac Nationals on Tuesday. It was his third minor league game in this particular rehab stint.
Williams expects Rendon to play at least five innings on Wednesday as he works towards playing a full game, which will be considered the final step in his recovery.
"We'd like him to get nine innings again. But he's scheduled to go again tomorrow. That's at least five, depending on how he feels. So he's not that far off from playing nine," he said.
Werth (broken left wrist) will play again with Triple-A Syracuse on Tuesday night. He has had 11 plate appearances (10 ABs) through four minor league games so far. Williams explained how much longer it may take until Werth is ready to return.
"50 at-bats would be ideal, but I don’t think he’ll be able to get 50 at-bats. It just takes too long. Can’t afford to have him out that long when he’s healthy," Williams said. "The wrist is fine, he’s building strength in that. The legs are good. But the last thing you want is for the wrist to be OK and he’s not fully in shape and something happens and he pulls a muscle and then goes down again."
Zimmerman (plantar fasciitis) will continue his rehab assignment with Double-A Harrisburg, who take on the New Hamsphire Fisher Cats on Tuesday night.