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Stephen Strasburg to start Thursday for Nationals game vs. Marlins

Stephen Strasburg is scheduled to return to the mound Thursday for the Nats' home game vs. the Marlins.  (Chris Gardner/Getty Images) Stephen Strasburg is scheduled to return to the mound Thursday for the Nats' home game vs. the Marlins. (Chris Gardner/Getty Images)

Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg will start Thursday in Washington's home game vs. the Miami Marlins, less than a week after he was scratched from the lineup with forearm soreness.

According to a report Tuesday afternoon from Chase Hughes of CSNWashington.com, Strasburg tested the arm on Monday during a bullpen session, and Nats manager Davey Johnson said the 25-year-old pitcher reported no complications:

"He feels great. He wasn’t even picking up a ball, now he had a great 'pen and felt really good about it. It set him up for the 19th."

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Strasburg was scratched from the lineup Friday night for the home game against the Philadelphia Phillies, which the Nats ended up losing 5-4. The Nats medical staff prescribed a few days rest and medication and all signs now point to Strasburg making his return on Thursday vs. Miami, his 29th start of the season. On the season, he has a 2.96 ERA with 181 strikeouts in 170 innings.

The Nats were to play at home vs. the Atlanta Braves on Monday but the game was rescheduled to Tuesday because of a deadly shooting at a Washington D.C. Navy Yard that left more than a dozen people dead and many others wounded. On Tuesday, the Nats wore Navy caps during their pre-game warmup.

Entering the game Tuesday vs. the Braves, the Nats were second only to Atlanta in the NL East with a 79-70 record.

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