Stephen Strasburg has been named the Washington Nationals Opening Day starter, according to Bill Ladson of MLB.com.
Stephen Strasburg will be the #Nats' Opening Day starter.
— William Ladson (@washingnats) March 21, 2012
Strasburg, the 2009 No. 1 overall draft pick, missed the majority of the 2011 season recovering from Tommy John surgery. In five games following his return, he posted a 1.50 ERA while striking out 24 batters in 24 innings.
In his rookie season of 2010, he posted a 5-3 record with a 2.91 ERA in 12 starts before injuring his elbow. That season he struck out 92 batters in 68 innings of work. This spring his fastball has been clocked as high as 103 M.P.H. on the radar gun.