After a prolonged absence, Stephen Strasburg finally returned to the Washington Nationals lineup. The former Cy Young winner pitched his first game in 11 months against the Miami Marlins. It wasn't the prettiest of games, but it's still a success according to manager Davey Martinez.

After a 7 – 4 loss to the Marlins, Martinez gave an honest assessment of Stephen Strasburg's return from injury. The Nationals manager admitted that even though he had a little bit of bias, he thought that Strasburg looked great. Martinez also pointed out a couple of things that should make Nats fans everywhere excited. (via NBC Sports)

“I’m gonna be outcome-biased right now but I thought he looked good. We talked for a minute, he said he felt good. He missed some location of some pitches but he felt good. We were looking at his mechanics, his mechanics [were] good… He didn’t throw the 93-94s but his fastball had a little bit of umph at the end of it. So whether it cut, whether he was throwing two-seamers, it was late, late action.”

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Martinez would go on to point out that it's a matter of getting Strasburg back to peak condition. The Nationals manager is looking forward to seeing the star return to the routine 5-day rest that modern MLB starters go through during the season.

Sitting at a measly 21-38 record, the Nationals are in no rush to put Strasburg in the blender. Expect him to be pulled from starts if he starts feeling any form of discomfort. After two season-ending injuries, the team will likely be cautious of their star pitcher's health moving forward.