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Preparing for Strasburg, Round 2

Mar 13, 2010, 5:06 PM EST

KISSIMMEE, Fla. — We're still an hour away from today's game against the Astros, which features plenty of compelling storylines, not the least of which are Scott Olsen and Matt Chico's latest outings in their attempted return from major arm injuries.

But it's never too early to turn our attention toward tomorrow's game against the Cardinals, because none other than Stephen Strasburg will be starting for the Nationals.

Fresh off his eye-opening debut Tuesday against the Tigers, the rookie right-hander will ramp things up a bit in his second start. He'll throw three innings. Perhaps we'll see his velocity tick up a notch or two (yes, he's capable of throwing harder than we saw last time).

As for the expected results, well, the Nationals still aren't so much concerned with what the final numbers say. At this point, they're more concerned with making sure he's adjusting to the five-day pitching schedule, with just as much emphasis on his off-day work as his actual in-game performance.

As manager Jim Riggleman put it: "Our only expectations [for Strasburg] are: he threw his game. He did what we wanted him to do, what we want all our guys to do. Recovered well. Threw his side session. Took a day off and then pitching the game. You just hope that routine starts to really settle in and that becomes the norm forRead more »

  1. Bill C-H - Mar 13, 2010 at 5:25 PM

    Mark – wife and I are coming to game tomorrow. What else will be going on that we (really just me) can see before the game – workouts, etc? How early will they start.

  2. Mark Zuckerman - Mar 13, 2010 at 6:01 PM

    Morning workouts start around 9:30, though I'm not sure you can get into the stadium that early. There's also stuff going on at the minor-league fields right down the road.

  3. TonyC - Mar 13, 2010 at 11:09 PM

    Mark – Season ticket holders are receiving "Points" which can be used to receive additional tickets. I just notice that the coupons used to redeem the points expire July 31st. So no free games beginning Aug 1st because Strasburg will be in town?

  4. Anonymous - Mar 14, 2010 at 12:27 AM

    TonyC, what that means is you have to use your points before July 31st. You can certainly use them to buy tickets to games after July 31st, but you just have to make the transaction before the points expire.





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