The sure thing about the remainder of Stephen Strasburg’s 2011 schedule is that he’ll start Friday night against the Braves at Nationals Park. That could be his last start, but not if Manager Davey Johnson has his say.
Strasburg could come back to make one last start, his fifth major league start since his return from Tommy John surgery. Strasburg could pitch next Wednesday, the final day of the regular season, in Florida on four days rest.
“If I don’t get anybody fighting me too hard,” Johnson said, “I’ll bring him back. That would give him five starts this year. I think it would be good for him.”
The rest of the Nationals’ 2011 rotation appears set. The Nationals will conclude the season thusly:
Tonight: John Lannan
Thursday: Brad Peacock
Friday: Stephen Strasburg
Saturday: Chien-Ming Wang
Sunday: Ross Detwiler
Monday: Tom Milone
Tuesday: John Lannan
Wednesday: Strasburg or Peacock