By Evan Brunell
Stephen Strasburg will make his next -- and possibly final -- rehab start on Sept. 1 for Double-A, Amanda Comak of the Washington Times tweets.
So far, Strasburg has made five rehab starts in his recovery from Tommy John surgery, posting a 5.02 ERA across three levels and is coming off allowing one run in five innings for Triple-A. The Double-A start is expected to be his final rehab start, clearing the way for him to rejoin the Nationals and take Jordan Zimmermann's spot in the rotation, who is being shut down due to reaching his innings limit.
Assuming the Nationals keep Strasburg on schedule to start five days after the Thursday start, the right-hander's first major-league start of the season would come on Tuesday, Sept. 6 at home against the Dodgers. Washington is on a homestand from Sept. 2 to Sept. 11, so regardless of which specific day he makes his debut, he will certainly do so in front of his home crowd. Assuming Strasburg stays on schedule, he make three straight home starts on Sept. 6, 11 and 16 before his first road start in Philadelphia on the 21st.
By the way, Strasburg will get his first chance to be Bryce Harper's teammate on Thursday, as Harper is currently assigned to the Double-A team. Harper won't play as he's currently on the disabled list, but it won't be the last time Strasburg and Harper will be teammates, as Harper is expected to debut in the majors at some point next season.
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