Stephen Strasburg threw a bullpen session Thursday and afterward was cleared to returned to the Nationals’ rotation. He will pitch tomorrow against the Indians. He had been out since May 31 with a lat strain.
Meanwhile, fellow Washington phenom Bryce Harper got a cortisone shot after visiting Dr. James Andrews and has been told to stay off his knee for a week. The Nationals say they’ll re-evaluate him in seven days to see where he’s at with his swelling.
The good news is that Andrews’ confirmed the team’s initial diagnosis and no surgery was required. Harper was seen wearing a pretty sturdy knee brace, so at this point it’s hard to tell how much longer he’ll be out.
Finally, Blue Jays shortstop Jose Reyes is continuing to make progress in his recovery from an ankle injury and could be sent out on a rehab assignment in the not too distant future.
Reyes participated in some drills and went from first to third last week prior to being sent to the team’s minor league complex in Dunedin, Fla., and was scheduled to play in simulated games yesterday and today. If all goes well, he could return before the end of June.
However, Blue Jays manager John Gibbons has said he could see a scenario where Reyes plays in two weeks’ worth of rehab games, so don’t get too excited yet. Still, it’s worth keeping an eye on.
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