Bad news for the rest of the National League. It appears Stephen Strasburg is back.
The Nationals righty made his spring debut Sunday against the Houston Astros in Melbourne, Florida.
Strasburg threw 44 pitches (26 strikes) over 2 2/3 innings, giving up three hits, two runs while striking out three.
The 23-year-old is hoping for a healthy 2012. He missed almost all of the 2011 season after injuring his elbow in late 2010.
According to MLB.com reporter Bill Ladson, Strasburg says he felt “amped up” and feeling good after his first spring start.
“It’s day one of spring training. A lot can happen. My arm feels a lot better than it did last year. It feels a lot stronger. So I’m just going to keep building off that.”
The Nationals have big hopes for Strasburg this season. He’s expected to help anchor a rotation featuring newcomers Gio Gonzalez and Edwin Jackson, fellow youngster Jordan Zimmermann and veteran lefty John Lannan.
For Ladson’s full report on Strasburg’s first spring start, click here.