Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg has been sidelined since July 4 with a left oblique strain, but it sounds like he’s rounding into form for the stretch run.
According to Chase Hughes of CSNMA.com, Strasburg struck out 11 batters over 5 2/3 innings tonight in his latest minor league rehab start with Triple-A Syracuse. He threw a total of 85 pitches while allowing two runs on five hits and no walks. This was his second minor league rehab start, as he gave up three runs over four innings last Wednesday. He currently lines up to return this weekend against the Rockies.
This has been a frustrating season for Strasburg, who previously missed four weeks with a trapezius strain. He has an uncharacteristic 5.16 ERA with a 63/18 K/BB ratio over 61 innings and will look to finish the season strong.