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Stephen Strasburg to throw three innings Friday

Aug 9, 2011, 7:02 PM EDT

Stephen Strasburg AP

Stephen Strasburg will make his second rehab start Friday and is slated to throw three innings for Single-A Potomac.

It’s actually a bit of a surprise that the Nationals are missing a second opportunity to cash in here.  Potomac’s Pfitzner Stadium already figured to be packed Friday as the result of the highly anticipated Ian Desmond bobblehead giveaway.

Strasburg gave up one run and struck out four in 1 2/3 innings for low Single-A Hagerstown in his first rehab start Sunday.  He threw 31 pitches in that one.  He’ll be on a limit of 50 pitches in Friday’s game.

The plan is for Strasburg to join the Nationals in early September.  He’s expected to take the rotation spot of Jordan Zimmermann, who is being shut down because of innings-limit prescribed by the team.

  1. natstowngreg - Aug 10, 2011 at 11:41 AM

    Adam Kilgore of The Washington Post reports that the key factor is, which Nats farm club is at home:.
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/nationals-journal/post/stephen-strasburg-pitching-at-potomac-so-nationals-can-control-the-environment/2011/08/09/gIQAlpaP5I_blog.html

    The Nats are keeping Strasburg under wraps as much as they can. Of course, there are limits. ESPN didn’t have a reporter in Hagerstown to cover the Sally League pennant race.

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