Wednesday September 7th, 2016

The Washington Nationals have activated pitcher Stephen Strasburg from the 15-day disabled list, and he will start in the series finale against the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday.

Strasburg had been sidelined since Aug. 23 with a sore right elbow.

"It would mean a lot to us because he's one of our big three, he's one of our main three," Nationals manager Dusty Baker said. "He was having a great year, and he still has opportunities to finish a great year."

After starting the season with a 15–1 record, Strasburg allowed 19 runs over his final three starts before hitting the disabled list. He was tagged for nine earned runs over 1 2/3 innings in his last start, in a loss to the Colorado Rockies on August 17.

Washington (81–57) has an 8.5 game lead over the New York Mets in the National League East with 24 regular season games remaining.

- Scooby Axson

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