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Strasburg vs. the rain

Apr 21, 2010, 2:09 PM EDT

File photo by Rachel Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
Stephen Strasburg, who made his season debut April 11, is back on the mound this morning.

The Nationals have a firm plan in place for Stephen Strasburg this year. They won't come right out and provide public details, but it's pretty clear the top draft pick will be making about five or so starts at Class AA Harrisburg, then five or so starts at Class AAA Syracuse, then his major-league debut sometime in early June.

Along the way, the organization will be closely monitoring his pitch count and his innings count, all the while trying to limit him at season's end to about 140-150 innings.

It's a detailed plan, and they've accounted for everything. Well, except for one thing: Mother Nature.

For the second time in three outings with Harrisburg, Strasburg is scheduled to pitch in the rain. It happened Friday night, when he had to wait out a lengthy delay, then pitched for 2 1/3 innings, then wasn't brought back following another long delay. And it could be a problem again this morning.

Harrisburg is hosting Reading in a coffee-and-donuts, 10:30 a.m. special. So far, the rain is holding off and it appears the game willRead more ยป

  1. WebberDC - Apr 21, 2010 at 2:30 PM

    Listen live here:

  2. natsfan1a - Apr 21, 2010 at 2:33 PM


  3. Michael J. Hayde - Apr 21, 2010 at 2:55 PM

    Another 1-2-3 for Stras. The Senator's announcer just said something like: "When Strasburg is promoted to the major leagues, it's going to be difficult for hitters that are 0-2 against him to figure out how he's going to pitch them… fastball or something off-speed." I'm looking forward to seeing that this summer!

  4. Marilyn - Apr 21, 2010 at 2:56 PM

    Thanks for the info on the radio link. It works great.Bethesda reader

  5. Aeoliano - Apr 21, 2010 at 3:22 PM


  6. Farid - Apr 21, 2010 at 4:01 PM

    His ERA was 0.79 heading into the 5th, so I assume it's somewhere around 0.70 or so now that his day is done.Add this to what he did in spring training and, yeah, they boy is going to be okay.

  7. Steve M. - Apr 21, 2010 at 4:27 PM

    Wow, Rachel Zuckerman with the photo credit!

  8. Hendo - Apr 21, 2010 at 4:37 PM

    So how was the weather anyhow?

  9. Farid in Idaho - Apr 21, 2010 at 5:17 PM

    the radio guys mentioned the rain throughout the morning, but said that it was a drizzle and that it barely showed on the infield dirt.

  10. Anonymous - Apr 21, 2010 at 6:31 PM

    it rained on and off during the game no big deal



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