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Nationals’ Stephen Strasburg pitches in minor league assignment

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Jun 1, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg (37) throws against the Atlanta Braves in the first inning at Truist Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Washington Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg pitched in a professional baseball game on Tuesday, taking the mound in a rehab assignment for low-Class A Fredericksburg.

Strasburg lasted 2 2/3 innings in his first competitive game this season, allowing three hits, four walks and three earned runs while striking out three. He threw a total of 61 pitches, 31 of which were strikes, against the Salem Red Sox.

A three-time All-Star and three-time top 10 finisher in Cy Young voting, Strasburg has pitched in a total of seven major league games since the Nationals won the World Series in 2019. Strasburg was the MVP of that series, winning two games and allowing just four runs while striking out 14. He then signed a seven-year, $245 million deal, but has pitched 26 2/3 major league innings since.

The former No. 1 overall pick in the 2009 MLB Draft is working his way back from surgery last summer for thoracic outlet syndrome. In August 2020, he also underwent surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome.

Nationals manager Dave Martinez said Sunday that the plan for Strasburg and fellow starting pitcher Joe Ross is to log four innings of work and at least 60 pitches each. Ross — who is on the 60-day injured list after having a bone spur removed from his throwing elbow — took the mound Tuesday in Double-A ball for the Harrisburg Senators.

Strasburg, 33, is 113-61 in his major league career with a 3.21 ERA and 1,718 strikeouts in nearly 1,500 innings.

–Field Level Media