Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Strasburg Returns

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Davey Johnson reported today the Washington Nationals pitching ace Stephen Strasburg is scheduled to make his first major league start of the season. Strasburg is coming off of Tommy Johns surgery to repair his elbow in his throwing arm. He will return on September 6th versus the Los Angeles Dodgers at Nats Park. That's right, next Tuesday. Mark your calenders!!!!!

This Thursday night Strasburg is expected to make one more rehab start for Class AA Harrisburg. If all goes well, expect him to be on the mound against the Dodgers.

This return has been much anticipated for Nationals and baseball fans everywhere. Strasburg is one of the most infamous players ever to be drafted onto a Washington DC sports franchise. I expect Tuesday nights game turnout to be nothing less than his first career MLB start.

The Nationals have handled the rehab of Stephen Strasburg well. He has had multiple rehab starts in all levels of the minor leagues and is looking like that pitcher that made us googly-eyed when we first saw him.

My advice? If you plan on attending this game, you may want to go get in line now at the ticket box. This will be one that you will not want to miss. However, I wouldn't quite expect the Nationals to let him try and pitch a complete game. This game won't really help their chances of making the playoffs and they do not want to cause further harm to their Ace.