by Chris Lingebach

WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – The future seemed so bleak just last week when the Nats placed yet another player on the disabled list in Stephen Strasburg, but one week from Wednesday and a handful of games later, that could all be in the past with Washington’s rotation returning to full-strength.

Could be, being the key words.

Mike Rizzo provided injury updates for Bryce Harper, Ross Detwiler and Strasburg on his weekly radio show, telling 106.7 The Fan’s Holden and Danny they could all be back in less than a week.

Strasburg in particular, who was placed on the DL after leaving his last start early with a strained oblique, will have a throwing session later this  afternoon to decide whether he’ll be ready to return in time for his next scheduled start.

“We’re going to take a look at him today,” Rizzo said. “He’s going to make a little side session right now, at about 3 o’clock and we’ll find out where he’s at and if he can make his start Saturday or not.”

Also scheduled for a throwing session, this one a little more serious, would be Ross Detwiler, who’s been sidelined with a back muscle strain. Depending on the outcome of his session, he could be making his next start in the big leagues or in a minor league rehab appearance, with his next start for the Nats coming five days after.

“And Harp, the knee is doing fine,” Rizzo said. “He did a lot rehab on it the last couple of days and we’re hoping for him to start moving around with some baseball activity soon. He took a couple rounds of BP yesterday and was moving around pretty good, swinging it pretty good on that knee, and hopefully he’ll be ready to go when he comes off the disabled list.”

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