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Last chance to see Strasburg?

Mar 18, 2010, 8:11 PM EDT


Photo by Rachel Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
Stephen Strasburg starts Friday night against the Cardinals.

VIERA, Fla. — When the Nationals return to the field tomorrow night, Stephen Strasburg will be on the mound. The rookie right-hander is due to make his third start of the spring, facing the Cardinals for the second time in five days.

Not that each of Strasburg's outings aren't worth watching, but you might really want to make a point to keep up with this one. It may be the last chance we get to see the 21-year-old against big-league hitters for a while.

The Nationals haven't announced any plans for Strasburg beyond this week, but there's a really good chance this will be his final start in big-league camp. Unless the club intends to put him in the Opening Day rotation — and all signs continue to point to that NOT happening — there are plenty of reasons to send him over to the minor-league side in the next week…

1. The club has planned all along to pitch Strasburg only in home games this spring. His next turn in the rotation comes Wednesday, and the Nats are playing at the Yankees that night. He's not making that trip.

2. If Strasburg isn't in the Opening Day rotation, someone else needs to take his place. That man looks like Livan Hernandez, who is slated to pitch on the minor-league side tomorrow to get his work in but ultimately needs to face major-league hitters and build up his pitchRead more ยป

  1. Anonymous - Mar 18, 2010 at 8:28 PM

    1. Delay the clock2. He has never pitched on a 5 day rotation3. Boost interest and attendance at Potomac, Harrisburg and Syracuse4. Give the team a chance to figure out where they are, who they can trade and who they can keepMinors till June

  2. greg - Mar 18, 2010 at 9:06 PM

    so when's the home opener at potomac again? is that minor league opening day, so it could be strasburg? i keep thinking i should buy that ticket before the opportunity passes (if it hasn't already).

  3. Mark Zuckerman - Mar 18, 2010 at 9:08 PM

    Potomac's opener is Thursday, April 8 at 7 p.m. Nats host the Phillies at 4:35 p.m. earlier that day. Probably too tight to pull a doubleheader, unless you can hitch a ride on Marine One to Woodbridge.

  4. greg - Mar 18, 2010 at 9:22 PM

    thanks. and yeah, i just looked at the potomac site and individual game tix don't go on sale until april 1, a week before the (home) opener. wonder what will be available then. considering rush hour traffic, i might not be able to watch the first pitch at nationals stadium, leave immediately, and make it to potomac in time for the first pitch there.

  5. Anonymous - Mar 18, 2010 at 9:25 PM

    Is the Friday night game against the Cards on MASN?

  6. Mark Zuckerman - Mar 18, 2010 at 9:41 PM

    No MASN tomorrow night, but Charlie and Dave will have the call on the radio.

  7. Anonymous - Mar 18, 2010 at 10:05 PM

    Any clue on how Olsen looked in the intrasquad today? Or anyone else?Sec314

  8. Sec 317 - Mar 18, 2010 at 11:22 PM

    Mark, thank you for the card…you are one classy individual. Much appreciated. I certainly hope Strasburg stays out of Nats Park until June at the earliest. Patience is good

  9. alm1000 - Mar 19, 2010 at 12:01 AM

    Same here, Mark – thanks for the postcard!I bought 2 – 5-pack of tickets to the PNats and opening days comes with it. Hoping for a Strasburg start there. Box seats in the second row next to the PNats dug out. Come on Rizzo – put him there.

  10. SonnyG10 - Mar 19, 2010 at 2:51 AM

    And here, Mark – thanks for my postcard.

  11. Traveler8 - Mar 19, 2010 at 3:13 AM

    Me too, Mark, thanks for the card!

  12. Dave - Mar 19, 2010 at 9:45 AM

    I never got a postcard from Viera before! Thanks!

  13. Anonymous - Mar 19, 2010 at 10:16 AM

    I hope we have a good bullpen. We sure will need it with the starters we have! The only upside I see is SS. I was optimistic at the beginning of spring training but these pitchers are getting nailed. Maybe someday………?

  14. natsfan1a - Mar 19, 2010 at 12:17 PM

    Just wanted to say thanks for the most recent recording. It was very interesting to hear your take on developments and possibilities for the remainder of ST. It's sad to think that ST will be ending soon, but I hope that you'll be able to continue coverage via this blog or another venue.

  15. natsfan1a - Mar 19, 2010 at 12:40 PM

    So, do the rest of us get a virtual postcard? ;-)

  16. peric - Mar 19, 2010 at 3:08 PM

    Let's all hope Burgess improves enough in Harrisburg to jump to Syracuse. I have a feeling they are going to need him.

  17. JMW4th - Mar 19, 2010 at 3:30 PM

    was just coming to comment on the postcard as well.thanks for the gesture Mark!

  18. peric - Mar 19, 2010 at 5:29 PM

    So, when do you think they will release Maxwell?

  19. Steve M. - Mar 19, 2010 at 6:44 PM

    Nice postcard and nice audio yesterday!

  20. natsfan1a - Mar 19, 2010 at 7:04 PM

    Well, er, um, I received my postcard this afternoon, so I wish to officially retract my earlier whinge on the matter. As others have said, very classy. Thanks! (Nice pic by Mrs. Z., as well.)

  21. Sildenafil Citrate - Sep 13, 2010 at 1:42 PM

    I saw when the Nationals returned to the field that night, and I saw Stephen Strasburg's performance as well and I think he did a pretty decent job that night, and I has improved after every game. I have faith in him!

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