Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg was back in the major league clubhouse Tuesday afternoon after throwing three innings, 60 pitches in his fourth rehab start, Monday night in Hagerstown. The right-hander will make his fifth rehab start Saturday and this one will get him out of the Single-A designation.
Strasburg will throw Saturday night in Syracuse for the Nationals’ Triple-A affiliate. They have not yet announced how many innings and/or pitches he is scheduled to throw but it will mark the biggest jump for Strasburg as he continues on his path back to the major leagues. All of Strasburg’s first four rehab starts have come at either low Single-A Hagerstown or high Single-A Potomac.
It will likely be a welcome change for Strasburg who, on more than one occasion, has noted that it’s difficult for him to pitch the way he wants to and knows how when the Single-A hitters aren’t approaching him the way a major leaguer would.