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Strasburg likely Sunday in Hagerstown

Aug 3, 2011, 4:30 PM EST

Stephen Strasburg will make his first start in an organized game since undergoing Tommy John surgery Sunday in Hagerstown, provided the Nationals right-hander experiences no setbacks before then.

According to manager Davey Johnson, Strasburg will throw off a bullpen mound Thursday at the club's spring training complex in Viera, Fla. Assuming that goes well, the 23-year-old will head north and begin his minor-league rehab assignment Sunday with low-Class A Hagerstown. The Suns host the Greensboro Grasshoppers (a Marlins affiliate) at 4:05 p.m.

Strasburg will throw only one or two innings in his first rehab start, which comes 11 months after his surgery to replace the torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. He'll slowly ramp up his pitch count and innings count after that, with his second start likely to come Aug. 12 at either high-Class A Potomac or Class AA Harrisburg.

Pitchers may not remain on a rehab assignment more than 30 days, so Strasburg would need to either be activated off the disabled list by Sept. 6 or be shut down with a new injury. The Nationals are homeRead more ยป

  1. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Aug 3, 2011 at 4:41 PM

    I've got Sept. 8 in the Jesus pool.

  2. Doug - Aug 3, 2011 at 4:45 PM

    Is there really any relevance to the 30-day limit on his rehab assignment? He just has to be added to the 40-man roster. But he can be optioned to any affiliate, or — because it'll be September — get called up to the Majors and sit in the dugout. The limiting factor might be when the affiliates' seasons end.

  3. CN - Aug 3, 2011 at 4:48 PM

    @ DougNo relevance on the 30-day really, since it'll be after the 40-man expansion. He just needs to be added to the MLB active roster. Had his 30 days expire prior to the 40-man expansion, then it becomes more tricky, as the team either has to put him on the 25-man, or DL him again

  4. Matthew James - Aug 3, 2011 at 4:48 PM

    Speaking of injured pitchers, does anyone have any update on our Rule 5 pick, Elvin Ramirez?

  5. Nats Fan - Aug 3, 2011 at 5:13 PM

    Projecting out, things don't look so good for home starts unless he doesn't progress straight up the ranks. Aug 17, only Hagerstown and Syracuse are home. Aug 22, only Hagerstown. Would be a shame if he gets road starts.

  6. MIcheleS - Aug 3, 2011 at 6:11 PM

    I have tickets to Sunday's game!!! Can't wait.. Hopefully Pudge is his catcher!!!

  7. greg - Aug 3, 2011 at 8:07 PM

    CN, i don't think he has to be on the active roster. it's not as if strasburg has no options left. they could just as easily option him to a minor league affiliate. he'd still be on the 40 man roster, but not the 25 man active roster.

  8. Anonymous - Aug 3, 2011 at 9:33 PM

    Both Sept 7th and 8th would give SS three starts at home while the other dates on the first Sept home stand only provide two starts at home (assuming the rotation and SS stay on a every 5th start schedule). The 7th lines up with the day Jordan would have pitched if the current rotation and every 5th game schedule holds. I don't know what to do with this information. Last year I bough $$$ tickets for the wrong game. I still went and had fun but ended up paying $$$ again for SS first game. Worth it but don't want to repeat this year. Dilemma! I'll go with the 7th based on what we know, but mostly because I already have decent seats for that game. Hope springs eternal.

  9. joemktg - Aug 3, 2011 at 10:11 PM

    Mark,Seen/heard enough post-game manager interviews to conclude that Debbie Taylor is the Nats' Helen Thomas. Is there a contractual relationship that allows for her to start the interview process? And between you and I: does this rankle the beat reporters (not including you, of course)?

  10. Anonymous - Aug 3, 2011 at 10:55 PM

    Whatever, glad Stras is coming back, but until this club gets rid of the arrogant idiot Rizzo — really how easily is he the worst GM in MLB? – winning is something we'll never see.

  11. SCNatsFan - Aug 3, 2011 at 11:07 PM

    No pressure, just the weight of the franchise on the guy. Lets hope he doesn't rush back.

  12. natsfan1a - Aug 3, 2011 at 11:21 PM

    Second that, SC. Joe, fyi, I believe that Ms. Taylor spells it "Debbi." (Dang. Get back in there you daggone inner proofreader. Back, I tell you! :-))

  13. sunderland - Aug 4, 2011 at 12:38 AM

    As with every low-A affiliate, there's only a few guys on that Greensboro Grasshopper's roster that will ever wear an MLB uniform. I would think it would be pretty cool for them to play a game with Strasburg on the mound and Pudge behind the plate. I would hope that Stras stays in ong enough that everyone in the lineup gets to face him once. But it sounds like that's not likely.

  14. natsfan1a - Aug 4, 2011 at 2:06 AM

    All I know is their name is pretty awesome. I would hope that their logo is as well. Wonder whether their field is in good condition or, if not, whether it features bad hops? :-)

  15. SonnyG10 - Aug 4, 2011 at 3:17 AM

    1a, you are funny!

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