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Strasburg to return to mound on Saturday

Right-handed pitcher Stephen Strasburg, the Nationals' No. 1 overall draft pick this June and the organization's top-rated prospect, is scheduled to make his next start in the Arizona Fall League on Saturday, the team said Wednesday.

Strasburg, 21, had been scratched from a scheduled start in the AFL's "Rising Stars" game last Saturday after waking up with a sore neck, which was later diagnosed as a strained muscle. The team never considered the injury serious.

Saturday's start will almost certainly be Strasburg's last in the AFL, which concludes its schedule on Nov. 19. He is 3-1 with a 5.28 ERA in four starts thus far, with 17 strikeouts and five walks in 15 1/3 innings. On Monday, he was named the AFL's pitcher of the week for the week that ended Sunday.

In industry bible Baseball America this week, Strasburg is rated the Nationals' No. 1 prospect, with the publication saying he is a "once-in-a-generation talent." The rest of the Top 10: 2. C Derek Norris, 3. RHP Drew Storen, 4. SS Ian Desmond, 5. SS Danny Espinosa, 6. 1B Chris Marrero, 7. 2B Jeff Kobernus, 8. OF Justin Maxwell, 9. OF Michael Burgess, 10. OF Destin Hood.

By Dave Sheinin  |  November 11, 2009; 5:57 PM ET
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Unless they live to play in the championship game on the Nov. 21. I'll admit that seemed more likely before the D-Dogs started slumping the Solar Sox heated up.


Saturday's start will almost certainly be Strasburg's last in the AFL, which concludes its schedule on Nov. 19.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | November 11, 2009 6:48 PM | Report abuse

I meant to type "and" the, of course.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | November 11, 2009 6:49 PM | Report abuse is reporting that Jim Bowden says Jim Riggleman is the new/old manager for the Nationals.

Say what you want about Bowden, he still has moles in the organization.

Great move, and a great day. Zim wins the gold glove and Rigs gets to manage close to home.

I'm a happy camper.

Posted by: rushfari | November 11, 2009 7:20 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone remember baseball prospectus' top 10 for the Nats last year?

Posted by: peteywheatstraw | November 11, 2009 7:23 PM | Report abuse

For all I know, bringing back Riggleman may be smart, but I am utterly uninspired by the news. His track record is one of unbroken mediocrity.

Of course, getting the Nats to mediocrity would be a big improvement. Hopefully Rizzo has some moves in the works that would give the team a better chance to compete than this development will.


Posted by: kevincostello | November 11, 2009 7:26 PM | Report abuse

Nats 2000 top 10

JP Ramirez
Smiley :(

Posted by: LosDoceOcho | November 11, 2009 7:38 PM | Report abuse

I'm happy to hear that Valentine won't likely be the next manager. Ultimately, it won't be the manager who lifts this team out of mediocrity, it will be the owner and the players. I would have liked to have seen if Valentine could tap into the Asian talent pipeline, but they can do it themselves once they have a product to sell to the top flight Asian players.

Posted by: Cavalier83 | November 11, 2009 7:42 PM | Report abuse

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