Bill Ladson

Strasburg throws off flat ground at workout

Taylor unlikely, Zimmerman ready for Game 1 of NLDS

Strasburg throws off flat ground at workout

WASHINGTON -- Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg was throwing off flat ground during the club's workout on Tuesday at Nationals Park.

Strasburg, who hasn't pitched in a game since straining the flexor mass in his right arm on Sept. 7 against the Braves, will not appear in the National League Division Series, which begins on Friday (FS1, 5:30 p.m. ET).

Game Date Matchup Highlights
Gm 1 Oct. 7 LAD 4, WAS 3 video
Gm 2 Oct. 9 WSH 5, LAD 2 video
Gm 3 Oct. 10 WAS 8, LAD 3 video
Gm 4 Oct. 11 LAD 6, WAS 5 video
Gm 5 Oct. 13 LAD 4, WSH 3 video

Asked if Strasburg could possibly be ready for the NL Championship Series, general manager Mike Rizzo said, "If he's ready to pitch, he will pitch. That's as far as I can go with that statement right now. He's in his … throwing program."

Nationals outfielder Michael Taylor was at the workout on Tuesday afternoon, but he wasn't able to do much because his left thumb was wrapped. Taylor hurt it sliding head first into second base against the Marlins this past Saturday.

Manager Dusty Baker sounded as if Taylor would not be on the postseason roster because of the injury.

"He is doing --- not well," Baker said. "Anybody that hurts a thumb, it takes time because you don't have regular circulation in the thumb. It takes a while to heal. … Naturally, he is a little apprehensive, and we are, too. We are not sure about Michael Taylor."

Ryan Zimmerman, on the other hand, said he is ready to play Game 1 of the NLDS. He was dealing with a calf injury last week.

"I feel good. I played in the last game. I'm good to go," Zimmerman said.

"All that's behind us, as a team, as an organization. We can sit here and talk about how great we were and things like that, but that's all behind us. So I just really want to focus on what we can [do] now, as a team, as an organization."
-- Bryce Harper, when asked why he had a disappointing 2016 regular season

Bill Ladson has covered the Nationals/Expos for since 2002 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.