Above: video of Stephen Strasburg striking out the first of four Grasshoppers (that first guy, now immortalized as the answer to a trivia question, was Noah Perio) in 1 2/3 innings of work on Sunday. Love the guy screaming: "Welcome back, Stephen!" after the first pitch.
And so, Welcome back Stras! Stephen Strasburg made his first rehab start since his meet-and-greet with Tommy John (or, at least his meet-and-greet with the surgery named after Tommy John) on Sunday in Hagerstown: 31 pitches, 25 strikes, 6 balls, 4 K, 3 H (1 HR).
Strasburg apparently topped out at 98 on the gun (via Dave Sheinin/Washington Post); but here's a picture of the radar gun reading on his 31st and final pitch of the day. 88 MPH changeup for the K. Just like old times:
(Photo, video, by Nats Enquirer staff.)
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