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Strasburg to start March 4 vs. Astros

Feb 25, 2012, 8:28 PM EDT

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
Stephen Strasburg throws in the bullpen with Davey Johnson watching.

VIERA, Fla. — Stephen Strasburg will make his Grapefruit League debut March 4 against the Astros, taking the mound at Space Coast Stadium for the first time since his rookie camp in 2010.

Manager Davey Johnson outlined his entire rotation plans for the first round of exhibition play, which begins Friday with a charity game against Georgetown University.

Matt Purke, the Nationals' third-round pick in last summer's draft, will start that game against the Hoyas, offering the 21-year-old left-hander an opportunity to pitch several innings for perhaps the only time in big-league camp this spring.

Veteran Edwin Jackson will start the March 3 Grapefruit League opener against the Astros in Kissimmee, with Tom Gorzelanny following him out of the bullpen. Strasburg will then take the mound the next afternoon against the same Houston club in Viera, with Ross Detwiler replacingRead more »

  1. Positively Half St. - Feb 25, 2012 at 8:47 PM

    One of those good choices is a trade of some substance, for once. I hope that a John Lannan trade, for instance, would be more productive than dumping Nyjer Morgan for Cutter Dykstra.+1/2St.

  2. Anonymous - Feb 25, 2012 at 8:51 PM

    One of those good choices is a trade of some substance, for once. I hope that a John Lannan trade, for instance, would be more productive than dumping Nyjer Morgan for Cutter Dykstra.That you can blame on Riggleman who wanted Ankiel as his starting CF. Noting that Ankiel became a backup and Werth the starter once Johnson took over injury not-with-standing.

  3. Sjm308 - Feb 25, 2012 at 9:35 PM

    Test

  4. Anonymous - Feb 25, 2012 at 9:56 PM

    Virginia legislator uses Redskins to seduce wife? Stras and Bryce had better watch out … Storen too … ~laughing~

  5. Knoxville Nat - Feb 25, 2012 at 10:44 PM

    And 3:51, what makes you think it was Riggleman who wanted Morgan out of the picture and Ankiel in CF? Any inside knowledge that you would care to share with us? Some scribes and others have laid that trade at the foot step of Jayson Werth. Given the Riggleman/Rizzo relationship didn't appear to be the best of marriages I don't know that Riggs had any influenece in the matter.

  6. Anonymous - Feb 26, 2012 at 2:27 AM

    "at the feet of"or"at the doorstep of"Pick one.

  7. Kirbs - Feb 26, 2012 at 5:02 PM

    Looks like they are setting up Wang to start on the DL and Lannon as 5…my question is , if the nats contend will we see a couple Strasburg "minor injurys" to get him on the dl so he can be stretched into Sept.?

  8. Kirbs - Feb 26, 2012 at 5:02 PM

    Btw, I'm stoked I just typed "nats contend" and was serious about it.

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