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Stephen Strasburg: Arm 'felt great'

Stephen Strasburg may have been lifted from his last start after only five innings because of tightness in his arm, but the Washington Nationals ace threw his typical between-starts bullpen session Wednesday and insisted his arm was fine.

"Felt great," Strasburg told the Washington Post.

Manager Davey Johnson pulled Strasburg after 90 pitches Sunday, as the Nationals are still prone to take caution with the 23-year-old, who is returning this season from Tommy John surgery.

Strasburg felt the issue was blown out of proportion.

"I'd say so," Strasburg told the Post. "I mean, if I wasn't coming off of Tommy John, I think I would have stayed in there. But it is what it is."

The young pitcher also has accepted that the team is still putting limits on him.

"I try not to think about too much out there," Strasburg said, according to the Post. "I just pitch. But they feel like there's times when they feel like it's better to take me out a little bit earlier than a little bit later. It's a long season, so I guess they're trying to maximize my innings this year."