Mattingly eager to see Strasburg in person

Mattingly eager to see Strasburg in person

Mattingly eager to see Strasburg in person
WASHINGTON -- There are a lot of fans throughout Major League Baseball who are curious to see Stephen Strasburg return to the mound Tuesday night.

Count Dodgers manager Don Mattingly among them.

"He's created a buzz, that's for sure, last year, and [he] continues to," Mattingly said. "And he's produced. When he's pitched, he's pitched well."

Strasburg is scheduled to make his first start of the season Tuesday, and it will be against the Dodgers, something that should create a buzz not only in Washington, but around the baseball world.

The big right-hander has been out since having Tommy John surgery last September and is ready to return. Mattingly said the Dodgers have seen video on him, but he said getting in the box is a whole different story.

"Nothing's like getting up there, honestly, to see it, actually see movement," Mattingly said. "You've just got to find out when you get up there."

Mattingly said the Dodgers have gotten good reports on Strasburg and what he's done in rehab starts. They've heard his velocity is up and he's throwing strikes.

Things like that are a challenge for Major League players. Mattingly talked about what it was like to face guys like Nolan Ryan -- saying the Hall of Famer could still "bring it" at the age of 44 -- and how players enjoy those battles.

"I think you want to see the best guys out there," Mattingly said. "Guys like this are fun to play against."