Strasmas in September: Stephen Strasburg set to start for Nationals next Tuesday

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Stephen Strasburg will make his sixth minor-league rehab start Thursday at Double-A and assuming everything goes well he’ll come off the disabled list and rejoin the Nationals’ rotation on September 6.

That had been the presumed return date for a while now, but manager Davey Johnson made it official by informing reporters today.

Strasburg, who underwent Tommy John elbow surgery on September 3 of last year, will face the Dodgers at home in his first big-league start since August 21, 2010.

Counting on Strasburg to pick up right where he left off before the surgery is unfair, but his fastball has consistently been clocked in the high-90s while rehabbing and he’s racked up 25 strikeouts in 14 innings against minor leaguers.

Brewers to give Mike Moustakas a look at second base

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The Brewers reportedly signed third baseman Mike Moustakas to a one-year, $10 million contract on Sunday. While the deal is not yet official, MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy reports that the Brewers plan to give Moustakas a look at second base during spring training. If all goes well, he will be the primary second baseman and Travis Shaw will stay at third base.

The initial thought was that Moustakas would simply take over at third base for the more versatile Shaw. Moustakas has spent 8,035 of his career defensive innings at third base, 35 innings at first base, and none at second. In fact, he has never played second base as a pro player. Shaw, meanwhile, has spent 268 of his 4,073 1/3 defensive innings in the majors at second base and played there as recently as October.

This is certainly an interesting wrinkle to signing Moustakas, who is a decent third baseman. He was victimized by another slow free agent market, not signing until March last year on a $6.5 million deal with a $15 million mutual option for this season. That option was declined, obviously, and he ended up signing for $5 million cheaper here in February as the Brewers waited him out. Notably, Moustakas did not have qualifying offer compensation attached to him this time around.

Last season, between the Royals and Brewers, the 30-year-old Moustakas hit .251/.315/.459 with 28 home runs and 95 RBI in 635 plate appearances.