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Strasmas in September: Stephen Strasburg set to start for Nationals next Tuesday

Aug 30, 2011, 5:44 PM EDT

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Stephen Strasburg will make his sixth minor-league rehab start Thursday at Double-A and assuming everything goes well he’ll come off the disabled list and rejoin the Nationals’ rotation on September 6.

That had been the presumed return date for a while now, but manager Davey Johnson made it official by informing reporters today.

Strasburg, who underwent Tommy John elbow surgery on September 3 of last year, will face the Dodgers at home in his first big-league start since August 21, 2010.

Counting on Strasburg to pick up right where he left off before the surgery is unfair, but his fastball has consistently been clocked in the high-90s while rehabbing and he’s racked up 25 strikeouts in 14 innings against minor leaguers.

  1. natstowngreg - Aug 30, 2011 at 5:50 PM

    Another post about Strasburg’s rehab going as planned. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

  2. Kevin S. - Aug 30, 2011 at 6:15 PM

    And of course I went off old information that had Strasburg rehabbing Saturday and I popped Nats tickets for Wednesday. FML.

    • natstowngreg - Aug 30, 2011 at 6:24 PM

      Bummer. That happened last year, when an unconfirmed rumor caused thousands to buy tickets for what was NOT Strasburg’s debut.

      I have a ticket for Wednesday’s game (as part of our half-season ticket package). Now, I have to see about getting tickets for Tuesday as well.

      • Kevin S. - Aug 30, 2011 at 7:47 PM

        My uncle works for the Joint Chiefs, and he might be able to pull something off. Throw in Yanks-Os Thursday afternoon, and that would make three games, Strasburg, my favorite team, and two new stadiums for a stadium whore. Win of a week if I can pull it together.

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