The Washington Times - September 17, 2013, 01:13PM

Stephen Strasburg came through his bullpen session on Monday feeling much improved and the right-hander has been cleared to start for the Nationals on Thursday. 

For everyone involved, that fact alone was reason for relief after Strasburg was scratched from Friday’s start with forearm soreness — him included.

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“I had a lot of things going on in my head,” Strasburg said of what he thought when his forearm botheredhim enough that he was unable to play catch last week. “(It was) strange. I wasn’t expecting it to happen. Sometimes your body does things you’ve never done before and it’s part of it.”

Strasburg was put on anti-inflammatory medication after he complained of the issue to the Nationals training staff, and they immediately scratched him from his start. Ross Ohlendorf took his place with Strasburg scheduled to return on Sept. 19. 

Manager Davey Johnson said Strasburg’s issue may have come from him working on a new pitch, and engaging muscles he normally didn’t. Pitching coach Steve McCatty downplayed that idea, saying pitchers work on new grips and things like that all the time — and that nothing Strasburg was doing was all that out of the ordinary.

To Strasburg, the whole thing still seemed to be something of a mystery. 

“Whatever it was, I feel like I was trying to stretch it a little too aggressively,” Strasburg said. “Wasn’t necessarily throwing a certain pitch. I’ve been messing around with pitches all year. I guess the trainers said when you try to stretch it too much your body’s natural reaction is to cramp up, which is what I was feeling.

“Got me on some anti-inflammatories, kind of got it to calm down and I haven’t had a problem since.”