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Strasburg's debut: would you believe June 9th or 10th?

May 26, 2010, 4:45 PM EDT

stephen strasburg headshot double-a.jpgWe’ve been hearing rumors of the Nationals giving Stephen Strasburg his major league debut June 4th against the Reds. Early this morning Jon Heyman but the kibosh on that, saying that it has to be later, because the Nats have a 100 major league innings pitched ceiling on him.  OK, he knows the agent. That might make sense.

A moment ago, Bill Ladson of tweeted that the Nats are “are tentatively planning” to have Strasburg make his Major League debut “against the Bucs at Nationals Park
in June.”

The Pirates are in Nationals Park June 8th, 9th and 10th.  If Strasburg stays on regular rest he’d be ready for the 9th.  If they give him an extra day to deal with hype and the media crush and all of that, figure the 10th.

Given the uncertainly, maybe you should just buy tickets to every Nats game in June. Not that the Nats would ever, ever cultivate such uncertainty in order to sell tickets to more than just the game Strasburg actually starts.

  1. Rocket1124 - May 26, 2010 at 5:22 PM

    He’s starting Saturday, so a five day cycle (not accounting for off days, etc.) puts him on the 8th. But who really knows anymore.

  2. KR - May 26, 2010 at 5:26 PM

    YES JUNE 9 JUNE 9 JUNE 9. He can deal with the media crush.
    (we have very good season seats at Nats Park that we share; June 9 is one of our dates. so I vote for that.)

  3. Jonny5 - May 27, 2010 at 8:43 AM

    His baseball card is up to over 16,000 dollars. Yup.

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