Stephen Strasburg is ready for a rehab assignment

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Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg has been cleared to begin a minor-league rehab assignment and will start Wednesday at Triple-A.

Strasburg is coming back from a strained oblique muscle suffered on July 4 and convinced the Nationals that he’s ready for a rehab stint by throwing a 51-pitch simulated game Friday.

This is the second time Strasburg has been on the disabled list this season and when healthy enough to take the mound for the Nationals he’s struggled with a 5.16 ERA in 13 starts despite a strong 63/18 K/BB ratio in 61 innings.