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Strasburg dominant in final rehab outing

Posted on: September 1, 2011 9:07 pm
Edited on: September 2, 2011 12:47 am
 
By Matt Snyder

It has been more than a year, but the path is clear for another Strasmas in Washington. Pitching phenom Stephen Strasburg completed his rehab assignment Thursday night by giving Double-A Harrisburg an utterly dominant performance. Strasburg had a perfect game through four innings. A hits batsman was his only blemish in the fifth and in the sixth he worked around a double. The final line for the right hander: Six innings, one hit, zero walks, zero runs and four strikeouts. He threw 70 pitches, 53 of which were strikes (via MiLB.com). Reportedly, Strasburg's fastball topped out at 99 on the radar gun (Nathan Fenno on Twitter).

Basically, there's no reason to have him pitching against minor-leaguers any longer. And he's not going to.

Strasburg's comeback
Strasburg will start Tuesday for the Nationals against the Dodgers. It's a Washington home game, so expect one of the biggest crowds of the season to see his return. He'll be limited to 80 pitches or five innings (MASNsports.com), but don't expect that to tone down the electricity. Sure, it was only Double-A Thursday night, but Strasburg only needed 54 pitches to get through five innings.

In looking ahead at the schedule, assuming Strasburg stays on normal rest, here's what his remaining slate looks like:

Sept. 6, vs. Dodgers (Ted Lilly)
Sept. 11, vs. Astros (Henry Sosa)
Sept. 16, vs. Marlins
Sept. 21, at Phillies
Sept. 26, at Marlins

Those three home games will be a box office smash for the Nationals and it appears Strasburg will have four very winnable games along with a big measuring stick -- on the road against the best team in the majors.

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hotmeuly
Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 20, 2011 9:46 pm
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Since: Jan 1, 2008
Posted on: September 2, 2011 2:08 pm
 

Strasburg dominant in final rehab outing

 That was a very mature response!

   What are you? 10



Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: September 2, 2011 11:11 am
 

Strasburg dominant in final rehab outing

Iceman, you stink.





The line is actually "Slider you stink". Good try though.



Since: Aug 31, 2011
Posted on: September 2, 2011 11:03 am
 

Strasburg dominant in final rehab outing

I think you have to bring him up because there is nowhere else to see the competition needed to do him any good.  I am not sure should be starting for the rest of the year though.  I think this is taking too much of a risk for their best pitcher.  Good luck to him as he comes back though.  Hoping he is a fun pitcher to watch for years to come. 



Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: September 2, 2011 10:04 am
 

Strasburg dominant in final rehab outing

Will he ever be able to throw in the 100's regularly again???




Since: Feb 23, 2008
Posted on: September 2, 2011 9:29 am
 

Strasburg dominant in final rehab outing

Absolutely right.  I saw Zimmerman pitch live twice this year and he was great pretty much throughout the year and a lot of that can be attributed to the fact that the Nats brought him up late last year.



Since: Feb 4, 2008
Posted on: September 2, 2011 8:24 am
 

Strasburg dominant in final rehab outing

minor leagues baseball season finishes up with in a week, and then the playoffs start and he can not play in the minor league playoffs so where do you guys want him to go since the only place for regular season games left is the major leagues.....think about it.



Since: Sep 13, 2006
Posted on: September 2, 2011 8:23 am
 

Strasburg dominant in final rehab outing

Everybody keeps freaking out over the fact that they shouldn't allow Strasburg to pitch in the majors this year because it is too risky. But what you guys are completely unaware from and don't undertstand is that the Nationals have successfully already completed this rehab with another pitcher who had the same injury and surgery. Jordan Zimmermann was shut down recently after reaching his maximum innings this season after last season he came back in August after 60 innings in the minors.

The Nationals do know what they are doing and I am fully confident that this will benefit Strasburg greatly in the coming years. People relax. 



Since: Sep 7, 2009
Posted on: September 2, 2011 6:04 am
 

Strasburg dominant in final rehab outing

Iceman, you stink.


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