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.
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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