Stephen Strasburg got on a mound this morning for what might have been the final time before he begins a minor league rehab assignment, throwing three innings of a simulated game in Viera, Fla.
According to Mark DeCotis, the esteemed columnist from Florida Today, Strasburg threw 51 pitches, 32 of them strikes - and I trust those numbers implicitly, because Mark tracks pitches in spring training as meticulously as anyone I know, in addition to being a steady supply of short-term loans for the press dining spread. He'll have a column on Strasburg's day, so check for that here. He's written a few other things about Strasburg's rehab to this point, too.
DeCotis said none of the hitters on the Nationals' Gulf Coast League team that faced Strasburg hit a ball out of the infield. He wasn't able to see radar readings, though; the Nationals have kept those under lock and key. But from the sound of things, everything went well for Strasburg this morning, and we could see him in a minor league game within a week.