May 10, 2015, 5:12 PM EDT
Stephen Strasburg has been cleared by the Nationals’ medical staff to rejoin the rotation and start on Tuesday in Arizona after several days of testing his back and ankle in pregame throwing sessions at Nats Park.
Max Scherzer was originally scheduled to pitch Tuesday, but he will now start the first game of the three-game series on Monday.
“Stephen, he’ll go on Tuesday. So, Max will go tomorrow and Stephen will go on Tuesday followed by Gio [Gonzalez],” manager Matt Williams said.
Strasburg threw a bullpen session on Saturday and played catch on flat ground on Sunday. He was removed from his previous outing on May 5 against the Marlins after feeling discomfort in his back.
Strasburg saw a chiropractor on Wednesday and had an adjustment made in his back. The appointment took 45 minutes and Strasburg said it was “night and day” how much better he felt afterwards.
Strasburg discovered the tightness in his back – described as just under his shoulder blade – was caused by an adjustment in his mechanics to compensate for a left ankle sprain he dealt with late in spring training. Strasburg worked with pitching coach Steve McCatty to correct the issue after looking at slow motion film of his recent outings.
Strasburg is 2-3 with a 4.73 ERA in six outings this season.
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