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Stephen Strasburg could return September 2

Aug 17, 2011, 5:25 PM EDT

Stephen Strasburg Reuters

Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post spoke with Davey Johnson today, who said that Stephen Strasburg could return to the bigs and make the start on September 2nd.  That’s a Friday against the Mets at Nationals Park.

Kilgore refers to it as a “speculative” time table, however, so that could slide.  Given that September 2nd is the first game of a ten-game home stand — and given that Strasburg’s primary benefit to the Nationals in 2011 will be at the gate — I suppose his start could come any time in those ten games.

But hey, getting your phenom back is good no matter when it happens.

  1. paulsdamnblog - Aug 17, 2011 at 5:42 PM

    Great to see him getting healthy! Hope he’s successful in the bigs!

  2. The Common Man - Aug 17, 2011 at 6:11 PM

    Assuming that he knows how to use one (which is a pretty big assumption), Rob Dibble is marking his calendar.

  3. jamie54 - Aug 17, 2011 at 6:13 PM

    Hopefully someone will give Dibble his two free tickets so he can watch. Nosebleed section.

  4. cpsmith23 - Aug 17, 2011 at 7:02 PM

    Barring any setbacks, Strasburg will return on Tuesday, September 6 against the Dodgers. The circumstantial evidence:

    (1) The date is in line with the strict, every-fifth-day pitching schedule that Rizzo has said Strasburg will adhere to.

    (2) For Nationals to maximize that number of times Strasburg makes his starts at home (a clear priority based on his minor league rehab locations), he would need to return between September 2 and September 6, as all would line him up to make three starts at home. If he returns September 6, he makes each of his FIRST three starts at home, and doesn’t go on the road until start number four.

    (3) I was told off the record by a front office (though not baseball operations) staff member that he heard September 6 was the date.

    (4) The team has blocked season ticket holders from redeeming their Red Carpet Rewards points (a frequent flyer-style loyalty program that allows season ticket holders to redeem points for tickets to future games) for the game on September 6. Prior to the season, the team sends fans a list of premium games for which Red Carpet points cannot be used, i.e., Opening Day, holidays, weekends against the Phillies. September 6 is not one of those games, yet they suddenly have zero complimentary tickets available. On a Tuesday night. Against the Dodgers. Not surprisingly, September 11 and 16 (Strasburg’s second and third projected home starts) are also blocked. Coincidence?

    Take it to the bank.

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