(This time last year, it was a Strasburg Spring for Nationals fans. There's Stephen Strasburg on TV, making his spring debut in 2010. Picture of TV/MASN by Nationals Enquirer staff.)
Move over Secretariat: Stephen Strasburg gave an update on his progress to reporters today and revealed that he wants to be a horse. The Horse, that is. Of the Nationals rotation:
"My goal is to be the horse in this rotation. I want to go 200-plus innings every year, so it's something I'm working hard for. Physically, I feel I'm on the right track to get back."
(Stephen Strasburg, via Nationals.com, 3/14/2011)
Woah there, horsie. Slow and steady wins the race.
In another sign of progress, Strasburg is now throwing from a distance of 90 feet. And 90 feet looked really, really, far at first:
"At first, when we stretched it out a little bit, it looked far away. Now, it looks pretty normal. It looks 90 feet, like it used to. My arm strength is starting to slowly come back. Your muscles sort of shut down when you’re taking five months, not really anything."
(Stephen Strasburg, via Nationals Journal, 3/14/2011)
Godspeed, Stras. See you in Washington in September, just in time for Bryce Harper's Major League debut.