Stephen Strasburg's 2018 Grapefruit League debut was brief but effective on Saturday in the Nationals' 8-1 win against the Astros at the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. The 29-year-old right-hander was limited to 29 pitches over two innings. He allowed one run on three hits, registered two strikeouts and issued no walks. "It felt good, felt real strong," Strasburg said after his first outing this spring. Strasburg also pitched from the stretch instead of a full windup for every batter he faced, a change he made last year. "There's less variations. I'd say for the most part, less warmup pitches, too," said Strasburg, whose fastball clocked in at 97-98 mph. "My first outing, and I felt really strong. Just got to keep plugging along." Strasburg was the last starter in the Nationals' rotation to appear in a Grapefruit League game this spring. He stayed in West Palm Beach on Monday and threw a bullpen session instead of making the three-hour trip to pitch against the Braves.
Strasburg 'felt really strong' in spring debut
MLB.com | Mar 3