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Strasburg’s upcoming schedule

Jul 1, 2010, 9:20 PM EST

Stephen Strasburg will make two more starts before the All-Star break: Saturday against the Mets, then Friday, July 9 against the Giants. What happens after that remains a mystery.

Will Strasburg pitch in Anaheim against the American League All-Stars on July 13? If so, will it be because Charlie Manuel selected him for the National League roster or because fans got the chance to pick him as part of the "Last Man" vote?

And then, when will the rookie phenom pitch coming out of the break?

Here's what we know for now: Strasburg makes his sixth career start Saturday against New York (4 p.m. on Fox). On Sunday, All-Star rosters will be announced, so we'll learn whether Manuel has included the 21-year-old on his pitching staff.

Jim Riggleman has suggested all along he doesn't think it would be appropriate for Strasburg to make the squad, considering his lack of time in the majors. Today, though, the manager did acknowledge an understanding why Manuel might be justified in doing it.

"There are some consequences of winning or losing the game now that weren't there before," Riggleman said. "It's not just the honor of being there. There's an importance to winning the game now: So your league gets home-field advantage in the World Series. …

"My initial sentiments are that people who have been here the whole time should get that recognition. But if you've done some great things, and winning the game is important, then you can make a caseRead more »

  1. Marty - Jul 1, 2010 at 10:22 PM

    "Regardless, Strasburg will get one extra day of rest next week before returning to pitch June 9 against the Giants"11 months of rest will do wonders for your arm :)

  2. Cwj - Jul 1, 2010 at 10:45 PM

    Based on the opinions of statisticians, and knowledgeable fans of other teams on other sites, I would not at all be surprised if he's voted in as the "Last Man".

  3. Waddu eye no - Jul 1, 2010 at 11:32 PM

    Marty-You're a wise ass. I like that in a person.

  4. Cwj - Jul 1, 2010 at 11:45 PM

    Isn't it kinda cool that our team, the Washington Nationals, have such an ace as Strasburg? I die with every Nats loss, but when he pitches I have this weird feeling I'm watching one of the best.

  5. Anonymous - Jul 2, 2010 at 12:41 AM

    Hey Mark,How soon will we know whether he'll start against the Reds? I'm in Ohio and want to get some tickets as soon as he's penciled in.





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