Stephen Strasburg set to rejoin Nationals’ rotation Saturday


No official announcement has been made yet, but Mark Zuckerman of reports that Stephen Strasburg is expected to come off the disabled list and rejoin the Nationals’ rotation Saturday against the Rockies.

Strasburg has been out since early July with a strained oblique muscle, but convinced the Nationals that he’s ready to return by racking up 11 strikeouts in 5.2 innings at Triple-A in his most recent minor-league rehab start.

Strasburg was a mess before the injury, posting a 5.16 ERA in 13 starts, but his strikeout, walk, and home run rates all remained fairly close to his career norms. If healthy he could provide a big boost to the suddenly scuffling Nationals.