...last August. In Dodger Stadium. See above.
It'll probably be a while before the opportunity presents itself to type the words "Strasburg" and "batting practice" together, so we decided to make the opportunity present itself. But here's the point: not that we've been marking down the days on the calendar or anything, but back on January 18 the Washington Post's Adam Kilgore reported that Stephen Strasburg was on track to begin throwing a baseball within two or three weeks (with the blessing of his doctors, of course):
I'm saving picking up a baseball for until I start throwing," Strasburg said. "I'm at a yellow softball right now. Hopefully, I'll have a baseball soon."
Within two or three weeks, according to the plan set out by Strasburg's doctors, he will begin tossing a ball again, a significant milepost in his recovery from Tommy John surgery. Until then, the second chapter of his baseball life will continue its tedious churn.
(via Washington Post, 1/18/2011)
A couple of days before Kilgore's story was published, Mike Rizzo threw a bucket of cold water on any talk of Strasburg rushing to throw off a mound:
"Stephen will throw off the mound when the doctors tell him he's going to throw off the mound, and not a moment sooner."
(Mike Rizzo, via MASNSports.com, 1/14/2011)
Okay, but now here we are more than four weeks later. Has Strasburg hit that significant mile-marker in his recovery and started throwing yet? Not off a mound, obviously, but simply tossing a baseball?