Mattheus said Saturday his simulated game went well. He threw 25 pitches to a pair of hitters and said he expected to get in back in a regulation game very soon.
That could happen earlier than might have been expected, as Mattheus will be available today.
Mattheus has been out since Aug. 26 with a right shoulder strain. The 27-year-old is 2-2 with six holds and a 2.40 ERA in 32 relief appearances this season with the Nationals. He is also another success story of a player who has returned to pitch well after Tommy John surgery.
It is important for Mattheus to get in a few games here in the last two weeks to show the Nationals he is good to go for spring training. He certainly has shown in his first season with the Nationals that he can play an important role in the bullpen.