The Washington Times - July 9, 2013, 06:49PM

PHILADELPHIA — Just more than ten months removed from Tommy John surgery, Lucas Giolito tossed two scoreless innings in a Gulf Coast League game on Tuesday.

Giolito, the Washington Nationals’ top pick in the 2012 draft, was making his second appearance in a game since his ligament reconstruction Aug. 31. This one went much smoother than the first.


The big right-hander — he’s listed at 6-foot-6, 230 pounds — pitched two innings, gave up one hit and struck out three.

But the results mean little compared to the way he feels, and the reports on that thus far are very good. According to a person with knowledge, Giolito was throwing his fastball in the 95-98 mph range, is throwing his curveball around 86 mph and his changeup in the 84-86 mph range. 

As a high school senior, before he strained his UCL, Giolito was clocked in the triple digits with his fastball on multiple occasions.

The Nationals have been extremely pleased with his rehab thus far. 

Even right-hander Ryan Mattheus, in Viera, Fla., as he continues his rehab from a broken right hand, came away impressed.

“Just watched Giolito pitch in GCL game,” Mattheus tweeted. “Big time stuff. Wow! #realdeal”