HAGERSTOWN, Md. - Stephen Strasburg's first rehab start is over, after 1 2/3 innings and 31 pitches, 25 of which were strikes. He allowed three hits, including a home run, to a Greensboro lineup that was swinging at just about everything he offered. But Strasburg showed flashes of the same dominant stuff the Nationals saw all of last year.
He was sitting consistently around 97 mph, and touched 98 mph once on the Nationals' gun. He broke off a nasty curveball to freeze Wilfredo Gimenez for a called strikeout to begin the second inning. Strasburg mostly threw fastballs, only going to his off-speed stuff a couple times, and because of that, you're going to see hitters connect off him every once in a while. Once he starts throwing more off-speed stuff, his fastball will get even harder to handle. But with anxious hitters swinging early and often, Strasburg is probably going to give up some hard-hit balls off his fastball during his rehab assignment.
Strasburg will speak with reporters shortly, and I'll have more from his press conference once he does. I'll also have a couple of video shots - one for Nats Xtra, and another for MASNSports.com - with my thoughts on Strasburg's day, so check back for all that.