Stephen Strasburg will return from injury to start Sunday

Sunday July 3rd, 2016

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Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg will return from the DL to start on Sunday against the Reds, manager Dusty Baker told reporters on Saturday.

Strasburg was placed on the DL last week with an upper back strain, retroactive to June 16, after missing two starts in a row. The righthander told reporters he hurt himself in a weight room accident during the week. Rookie Lucas Giolito was called up to start in his place on Tuesday in his major-league debut.

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It’s unclear whether the Nationals plan to send Giolito back down.

Strasburg has gone 10–0 in 14 starts to begin the season with a 2.90 ERA. Washington sits atop the National League East at 49–33, five games ahead of the New York Mets.

– Kenny Ducey

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