Stephen Strasburg, as expected, will make his next minor league rehab start at Class A Hagerstown. Strasburg, from what Manager Davey Johnson said over the weekend, will likely throw either four innings or 60 pitches, whichever comes first.
In his last start, at Class A Potomac, Strasburg allowed no runs on two infield singles and no walks, striking out five in three innings and 33 pitches. In pitching at Hagerstown, Strasburg will return to where he made his first rehab start since having Tommy John surgery on Sept. 3.
Strasburg will drop down a level to pitch at Hagerstown, which signifies nothing about Strasburg’s progress — the Nationals simply want Strasburg to pitch at home, and Hagerstown and Class AAA Syracuse are the only Nationals affiliates who are playing at home Wednesday.
In his first two rehab starts combined, Strasburg has allowed one run in 4 2/3 innings on five hits and no walks while striking out nine. His fastball has regularly zipped at 96-98 miles per hour, and hit 99 in his last start.