"It's frustrating," Strasburg told reporters. "I'm not pitching to my ability and I just keep grinding. ... It's definitely something that I've never experienced before. I think it's a test. It's a test for me and I'm going look at it that way and I'm not going to quit. I'm going to keep going."
This Strasburg is probably even confusing to the gutless wonders who declared the Nationals fools for shutting him down after 160 innings pitched in their National League East division-winning 2012 season, as part of the team's protocol for post-Tommy John recovery — the same plan they followed for Jordan Zimmermann the year before.