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Strasburg to start Thurs. at AAA

May 30, 2010, 6:44 PM EST

SAN DIEGO — Stephen Strasburg is scheduled to make his next start Thursday, for Class AAA Syracuse at Buffalo.

The Nationals have not announced any plans for the top pitching prospect beyond that, but this lines him up to pitch again either June 8 or June 9. The Nats host the Pirates June 8-10.

Strasburg suffered his second loss of the season last night when he was charged with three runs over five-plus innings against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. That outing included the first home run hit off the 21-year-old right-hander as a minor-leaguer: a solo shot by designated hitter Rene Rivera to lead off the third.

In five starts at Class AAA, Strasburg is now 3-1 with a 1.27 ERA. In 10 total starts between Class AA and Class AAA, he’s 6-2 with a 1.43 ERA, allowing 14 runs (eight earned) and 28 hits over 50 1/3 innings. He has recorded 60 strikeouts while walking 12.

  1. natsone_va - May 30, 2010 at 6:54 PM

    I have tickets for both Tue the 8th and Wed the 9th. I bet it'll be Tuesday.

  2. Anonymous - May 31, 2010 at 1:27 AM

    It'll be the 9th, the Nats birthday present to me :-)

  3. natsfan1a - May 31, 2010 at 11:22 AM

    I'll be glad when SS starts in the bigs, because then I'll not have to read any more breathless speculation as to the date of his debut. Whatever date they land on, they need to base the decision on what's best for the kid and the team, not the fans, imho.And not to play down his talents, but he's just one guy, who will take the ball every five days. Also, I *believe* that he'll have more than one start for the team this year, so if I don't catch the "Maaain Eeeevent," then I'll see him at another of the games to which I already have tix for the rest of the season. I can live with that. :-)

  4. Andrew - May 31, 2010 at 1:08 PM

    I am thinking an extra days rest for Stephen and a day on the bench so his first start on the 9th and then back for Father's Day on June 20th!!!!!!!

  5. A DC Wonk - May 31, 2010 at 4:17 PM

    A question in my mind: how did he react when they were hitting off of him?

  6. HabsProf - May 31, 2010 at 10:20 PM

    I'll be glad when SS is in the bigs, but don't expect this guy to be an immediate saviour. He has gone 50 1/3 innings in 10 starts in the minor leagues. Anyone expect the team to suddenly allow him to go 8 or 9 innings? Hopefully, his overall performance will continue in the majors, but the team is not letting him go deep just yet. I suspect the bullpen will be called on for 2 1/3 to 4 innings in each of his starts for some time.

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