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Stephen Strasburg (lat) aiming to pitch Saturday vs. Twins

Jun 4, 2013, 11:59 PM EDT

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Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg was lifted from his start last Friday against the Braves because of a Grade 1 lat strain. But the hope is that he won’t even miss a full turn in the Nats’ starting rotation.

According to CSN Washington’s Mark Zuckerman, Strasburg is scheduled to throw a bullpen session on Wednesday and could be cleared to start Saturday against the Twins if the workout is issue-free. If it does not go according to plan, it’s possible that he will have to be placed on the 15-day disabled list

Strasburg has posted a 2.54 ERA and 1.06 WHIP in 12 starts this season, fanning 73 batters and issuing 21 walks in 74 1/3 innings. He had a 3.16 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 197/48 K/BB ratio in 159 1/3 frames last year.

The Nats will start Gio Gonzalez on Thursday against the Mets and Nate Karns on Friday vs. the Twins.

  1. clarkd9100 - Jun 5, 2013 at 1:17 AM

    So cautious with him last yr, and they aren’t even making him take 1 start off…..I’m not sure how that will work out but it seems like he should be held out at least 1 start

  2. coryfor3 - Jun 5, 2013 at 1:17 AM

    He’s made of glass.

    • Steven Ruiz - Jun 5, 2013 at 6:35 AM

      So one surgery (one that a lot of pitchers have nowadays) and a back strain make you “made of glass”?

      He was pretty healthy last year, too.

  3. DelawarePhilliesFan - Jun 5, 2013 at 10:17 AM

    Puts on troll hat

    The Nats will start Gio Gonzalez on Thursday against the Mets

    Or will they…..

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