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Stephen Strasburg sharp in return

Updated: August 9, 2011, 12:22 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

HAGERSTOWN, Md. -- Stephen Strasburg spent the last 11 months doing more than just rehabilitating his elbow. He spent it getting himself in better shape.

If anything, that should make him an even more powerful pitcher than he was as a rookie, a daunting prospect for National League hitters in years to come.

The Washington Nationals' most prized possession was on target and up to speed Sunday in his first rehab start since Tommy John surgery. Twenty-five of 31 pitches were strikes, ...

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