Nationals’ Strasburg throws side session

Stephen Strasburg threw a side session Saturday and is set to
rejoin the Washington Nationals’ rotation on Tuesday night against
the Florida Marlins.

The right-hander was scratched minutes before his scheduled
start against Atlanta on July 27 and was diagnosed with shoulder
inflammation. He was placed on the 15-day disabled list for the
first time two days later, retroactive to July 22.

The 22-year-old Strasburg will be on a 90-pitch limit for his
return against the Marlins, and manager Jim Riggleman has modest
expectations.

”I’m not really looking for him to go out there for the seventh
inning,” Riggleman said before Saturday night’s game at Dodger
Stadium. ”If we were to get six innings out of him, that would be
a huge step. If he got five, that would be a good number to build
on for his next one.”

Strasburg looked good in Saturday’s side session, according to
pitching coach Steve McCatty. He is 5-2 with a 2.32 ERA and 75
strikeouts in 54 1-3 innings this season.

Strasburg has been restricted to no more than 160 innings this
season and Riggleman doesn’t think he will make it to the end of
the year.

”Based on the math – how many starts he would have left and how
many innings per start, I think he could probably get into
mid-September before he reached the limit,” he said. ”I’m hoping
that’s what happens, because that means he didn’t miss any more
starts.”