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Stephen Strasburg dominates in second rehab start

Aug 12, 2011, 9:35 PM EDT

Stephen Strasburg Reuters

Well, Stephen Strasburg just passed his latest test with flying colors.

Strasburg allowed just two hits over three shutout innings tonight for High-A Potomac, striking out five and walking none. Both hits were infield singles.

The plan was for Strasburg to throw either five innings or 50 pitches, so he was pulled after throwing 26 out of 33 pitches for strikes. He was so efficient that he was sent to the bullpen to throw another inning’s worth of pitches.

Mark Zuckerman of reports that Strasburg consistently sat around 98 mph on his fastball in the first inning and topped out at 99 mph to record a strikeout in the second inning. While he drew the usual raves for his knee-buckling curveball, he also recorded a pair of strikeouts in his final inning on 90 mph changeups. 90 mph changeups? Yep, they’re back.

Strasburg has allowed one run and struck out nine in 4 2/3 innings over his first two rehab starts. Barring any setbacks, he is expected to pitch in the major leagues in September.

  1. gabrielthursday - Aug 13, 2011 at 3:29 AM

    What kind of execution of a plan is that? 5 innings or 50 pitches and you pull him after 3 innings and 33 pitches? I know Washington has been pissed off with the field conditions at Potomac, but they might also consider finding someone who can count to help them out as well.

  2. natstowngreg - Aug 13, 2011 at 10:59 AM

    Sounds like your basic Strasburg pre=surgery start, except for the extreme strike-throwing. 7 balls, 26 strikes? Granted, it was against High-A hitters, but that’s remarkable.

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