The 26-year-old faced hitters last Friday in a 60-pitch bullpen session. After the session, Washington manager Matt Williams commented on Strasburg's progress.
“It was better on line today,” Williams said, according to The Washington Post. “The good thing that he’s gone through this is that he’s continued to throw and continue to work on his mechanics. Today it was much better and more on line. He was able to put the ball where he wanted to. Good breaking balls, good change-ups, good sliders. And the fastball was good. A really good positive sign for us.”
Strasburg reached the fourth inning in only one of his last five starts. Over 45 1/3 innings this season, he posted a 3–5 with a 6.55 ERA and 45 strikeouts. Last season Strasburg led the National League with 242 strikeouts and 34 games started.