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.”