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Stephen Strasburg to come off IL, start Thursday for Nationals

May 21, 2021; Washington, District of Columbia, USA;  Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg (37) delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Washington Nationals manager Dave Martinez said Tuesday that pitcher Stephen Strasburg will be activated from the injured list this week and start Thursday’s road game against the Miami Marlins for his season debut.

It will mark Strasburg’s first major league appearance since June 1, 2021.

The veteran right-hander required Thoracic outlet syndrome surgery last July, and after missing the rest of the 2021 season, he still needed time to recover to start 2022.

Strasburg returns to the Nationals after making three rehab starts. In two starts for Class-A Fredericksburg, he went 1-1 with a 3.52 ERA, nine strikeouts and five walks. He then pitched six scoreless innings for Triple-A Rochester last Friday.

Strasburg, 33, is a three-time All-Star and the 2019 World Series MVP. He has spent his entire 12-year major league career with the Nationals, who made him the first overall pick in the 2009 draft.

Strasburg owns a 3.21 career ERA with a 113-61 record over 246 starts. His 1,718 strikeouts rank first in Nationals franchise history.

Earlier Tuesday, the Baltimore Orioles claimed Nationals right-handed pitcher Austin Voth off waivers. Washington designated Voth for assignment May 31.

–Field Level Media