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."
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. VERDUCCI: Collapsing Rangers threatening to join list of recent choke teams