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Stephen Strasburg will move to Triple-A for next rehab start

Aug 24, 2011, 1:20 PM EDT

Stephen Strasburg Reuters

Stephen Strasburg struck out six batters in a three-inning rehab start Monday night at Single-A and the Nationals announced that he’ll move up to Triple-A for his next start Saturday.

In addition to being just one step from the majors Strasburg told Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post that he’s looking forward to facing Triple-A hitters because so many Single-A hitters “are just up there hacking” and don’t give him an opportunity to work on his full repertoire.

Strasburg, who’s about 12 months removed from Tommy John elbow surgery, could be back in the Nationals’ rotation as soon as September 2, with Kilgore reporting that the most likely date for his return to the majors is September 6 or 7 because the minor-league season ends on September 5.

Strasburg had one bad rehab outing last week, but has consistently been clocked in the mid-90s with his fastball and has a remarkable 18 strikeouts in 9.1 innings.

  1. umrguy42 - Aug 24, 2011 at 2:40 PM

    Good to know, will have to avoid the north side of Syracuse again for a while (fortunately, working offsite at a client long term) – traffic for the ballpark his first AAA home start was NUTS.

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