Strasmas already happened once this September, as Nationals phenom Stephen Strasburg dominated the Dodgers for five innings Tuesday. Now, the Nationals have mapped out his schedule for the rest of the season. It will include four starts at home before he's either shut down or makes one road start.
Strasburg will start Sunday against the Astros, and then the Nationals will give him an extra day of rest between each of his next two starts. That conveniently means Strasburg's first four starts will all be at home, and attendance will surely benefit the Nationals' financially.
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“I can assure you it has nothing to do with home or road,” manager Davey Johnson said (Nationals Journal). Johnson added that he's using a similar schedule that the Nationals used with Jordan Zimmermann, who came back after having Tommy John surgery this season. It is the same procedure Strasburg had.
So Strasburg will start Sept. 17 against the Marlins and Sept. 23 against the Braves. From there, the Nationals will decide whether or not to bring Strasburg back on the last day of the season (Sept. 28) in a road game against the Marlins on traditional four-days' rest or to simply let the start against the Braves on the 23rd be the final outing of his second big-league season.
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