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Stephen Strasburg will start Opening Day for Nationals

Mar 13, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez Reuters

Gio Gonzalez led the NL with 21 wins last season and finished third in the Cy Young voting, but manager Davey Johnson announced that the Nationals will go with Stephen Strasburg as their Opening Day starter.

Strasburg got the Opening Day assignment last season as well and tossed seven innings of one-run ball against the Cubs before leaving after 82 pitches.

Last year Strasburg was shut down after throwing 159.1 innings because the Nationals wanted to limit the 24-year-old’s workload in his first full season back from Tommy John elbow surgery, but he’s expected to be without limits in 2013.

Strasburg hasn’t missed a beat since returning from elbow surgery, making 33 starts with a 2.95 ERA and 10.8 strikeouts per nine innings while averaging 95.8 miles per hour on his fastball.

  1. asimonetti88 - Mar 13, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    Only 2 Opening Day starts? Psh, I guess he’s only 1/7th the player Jack Morris was.

  2. unlost1 - Mar 13, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    ….but he will be limited to 2/3 of an inning

  3. 12strikes - Mar 13, 2013 at 2:12 PM

    That much closer to be put on the shelf.

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