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Next for Strasburg: Friday at Potomac

Aug 9, 2011, 11:35 PM EDT

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Stephen Strasburg threw 31 pitches over 1 2/3 innings Sunday at Hagerstown.

CHICAGO — Stephen Strasburg’s rehab tour has officially booked its next stop. The recovering Nationals right-hander will start Friday night at high-Class A Potomac, the closest he’ll get to Washington before making his official return from Tommy John surgery next month.

Five days after throwing 31 pitches over 1 2/3 innings for low-Class A Hagerstown, Strasburg will climb one level up the Nationals’ farm system. He’s slated to throw three innings or about 45-50 pitches for Potomac against Myrtle Beach (an affiliate of the Texas Rangers).

Though the Nationals have had concerns about the field conditions at Pfitzner Stadium — which has experienced 11 postponements this season due, in part due to drainage problems — they will let Strasburg pitch there. Ultimately, according to general manager Mike Rizzo, it’s more important that the 23-year-old pitch in one of the organization’s home facilities than on the road at a different level.

“We need to control the environment, and we have that capability when we’re at home,” Rizzo said, adding: “Potomac was home.
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  1. Sean Kelly - Aug 10, 2011 at 2:13 AM

    Coming up from Greensboro NC to make hometown visit and by chance grabbed two tickets earlier today because it was Ian Desmond Bobblehead night. Super amped to hear this news this evening any one else going to make it?

  2. Anonymous - Aug 10, 2011 at 2:24 AM

    I had bought tickets for the same reason, Sean, because you can never get enough free Nats swag.

  3. JaneB - Aug 10, 2011 at 2:30 AM

    I don't go to Phillies games because I hate the visiting phans, so I am missing Ian Desmond Bobblehead night. But I snagged dour seats for PNats for Friday, so it's a double bonanza of happiness for me.

  4. SonnyG10 - Aug 10, 2011 at 4:36 AM

    I'm keeping my fingers crossed that everything goes fine with Stephen. It will be great to see him back with the parent club.

  5. MIcheleS - Aug 10, 2011 at 11:25 AM

    JaneB.. Where are you sitting? I am Section 3… Will be wearing an Nats gear and have 3 Kids in tow!

  6. flynnie - Aug 10, 2011 at 11:40 AM

    JaneB – I wish you the best with your dour seats – dour: Stern, harsh and forbidding. Unyielding and obstinate. Sounds like a grim night of baseball-viewing, intent on Strasburg being good as new!

  7. JaneB - Aug 10, 2011 at 12:24 PM

    Hilarious! The FOUR of us will be joyful, dressed in Nats gear, and sitting in section 2, second row. Michelle, I can't wait ti meet you!

  8. Tcostant - Aug 10, 2011 at 12:42 PM

    Tickets are going fast, they have about 30 left right now; we got ours and will get there early.

  9. Sean Kelly - Aug 10, 2011 at 2:36 PM

    gates open at five – see any reason to be there before 4:45 (aside from bobbleheads, raffle to get signed jersey, and a chance to see stras)?I'll be there with my nats gear and beautiful new wife – maybe two nephews if i can convince their mother that foul balls won't be flying at them non-stop.

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