One year and eight days after his latest major league appearance, Stephen Strasburg will return to the mound for the visiting Washington Nationals to face the Miami Marlins on Thursday evening.
“I told him: ‘For what it’s worth, I’m proud of you,’” Nationals manager Dave Martinez said. “I said: ‘This has been a difficult time for you, but you worked your butt off to get back. Go out there and have fun.’”
Strasburg, a 33-year-old three-time All-Star and the 2019 World Series MVP, made three rehab starts in the minors over the past three weeks. He went 1-1 with a 1.98 ERA. In his most recent outing, he threw 83 pitches and six scoreless innings of one-hit ball for Triple-A Rochester.
Martinez said when asked how long Strasburg could go on Thursday, “I’m going to take it one pitch at a time and see where he’s at. He feels good. He’s in a good place.”