The day after Stephen Strasburg’s return to a competitive professional pitching mound, the Nationals are still finalizing where he will make his next start. Strasburg will remain on a once-every-fifth-day rotation, which means he’ll make his next start Friday.
Strasburg will throw a side session tomorrow in Washington, and if all goes well the Nationals will decide on the location of his next rehab start afterward, General Manager Mike Rizzo said.
While there is no official word, signs point to Strasburg making his next appearance for Class A Potomac in Woodbridge. The Nationals want Strasburg starting home games for their minor league affiliates. Hagerstown will play on the road Friday, and Strasburg pitching at Class AA Harrisburg would represent a large competitive leap at this point in his minor league rehab.
On Sunday, Strasburg struck out four and allowed three hits in 1 2/3 innings at Hagerstown. He threw his fastball between 96 and 98 miles per hour, flashing the power that made one of baseball’s most scintillating attractions in his rookie season last year.