Nationals clear Stephen Strasburg for rehab assignment


Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg has been cleared to begin a minor-league rehab assignment two weeks after going on the disabled list with a strained trap muscle.

James Wagner of the Washington Post reports that Strasburg will start Wednesday at Double-A, which will be his first game action since leaving his May 29 start against the Reds after 16 pitches.

Strasburg has been a mess all season, posting a 6.55 ERA in 10 starts while allowing opponents to hit .325 off him. He came into this season with a lifetime 3.02 ERA in 109 starts, including a sub-3.25 ERA in all five of his big-league seasons.