Bill Ladson

Strasburg successfully tests ankle sprain in 'pen session

Nationals righty says he's feeling better, focusing on keeping swelling down

Strasburg successfully tests ankle sprain in 'pen session

LAKELAND, Fla. -- Two days after spraining his left ankle, Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg said Sunday morning he is feeling better and still trying to get the swelling down.

Strasburg even tossed a light bullpen session Sunday, throwing about 20 pitches. He will have another 'pen session before he pitches in a game, according to manager Matt Williams.

Strasburg hurt his ankle while working out in the weight room.

"It's kind of an accident," Strasburg said. "You can't really worry about something like that. I've been doing the same stuff my whole career. It's just unfortunate. Accidents do happen sometimes. ... It feels better every day. It's just very sensitive after I rolled it. I really have to focus on icing and treatment just to get swelling out of there."

Strasburg isn't expected to miss the start of the regular season.

"If the injury was going to happen, let it happen now. Get it out of the way and get back out there as soon as possible," Strasburg said.

Bill Ladson is a reporter for and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the Time. He also can be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.