Stephen Strasburg is available out of the Nationals’ bullpen

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Gio Gonzalez is starting Game 4 for the Nationals tonight, but manager Matt Williams says Game 1 starter Stephen Strasburg will be available out of the bullpen.

Strasburg has never pitched in relief, in the minors or the majors, but it’d be interesting to see how much harder he could throw in a one-inning stint after averaging 94.8 miles per hour as a starter this season.

Williams has not yet announced who would start Game 5 for the Nationals, but Strasburg is available tonight whereas the other candidate, Jordan Zimmermann, would only pitch in an “extreme emergency.”