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Stephen Strasburg won't pitch Saturday at Nationals Park

Stephen Strasburg's schedule is aligned for him to pitch April 3, the same day the Nationals play an exhibition in Nationals Park against the Red Sox. The timing led to speculation Strasburg may pitch, but Manager Jim Riggleman squashed the idea today.

"I don't think it's going to happen," Riggleman said. "I have not heard that. [Pitching coach] Steve McCatty hasn't heard that we're going to do that."

The likely candidate to start in the exhibition is Craig Stammen, the Nationals' No. 3 starter. The third game of the Nationals' season is April 8, and Stammen pitching against the Red Sox would allow him standard rest before his first start of the year.

By Adam Kilgore  |  March 29, 2010; 2:17 PM ET
Categories:  Craig Stammen , Pitching rotation , Stephen Strasburg  
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Posted by: TimDz | March 29, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

Starting Strasburg in the April 3 exhibition would be like opening your Christmas presents before December 25.

Posted by: KenNat | March 29, 2010 2:50 PM | Report abuse

As I said, why pitch Strasburg in a meaningless game that Red Sox fans will nearly sell out anyway.

You don't.

That's okay Adam--just try to give us a Nats-centric view of the game, will ya?

Posted by: CJArlington | March 29, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Why would you trot Strasburg out for an exhibition game when Red Sox nation will almost sell out the game anyway?

Of course you wouldn't.

Try to write a Nats-centric article on this one, please Adam...

Posted by: CJArlington | March 29, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

The Nats haved claimed Chris Coste off waivers from the Mets. Does this mean that Wil Nieves is on his way to SYR? He is a fan favorite, but I don't believe the Nats are looking to carry 3 catchers on the 25-man.


Posted by: kevincostello | March 29, 2010 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Lose-lose to pitch SS on Saturday. Assuming he does well, you're just torturing him and us. If he doesn't do well, then he potentially loses a bit of confidence. Wait until the W-L's are meaningful to have him pitch.

BTW, Adam, can you look into JZ throwing hard off the mound. Call me paranoid but we all know how important he is to our Nats - shouldn't a doctor or a trainer be managing every little step here - did they say he could? He's not even at a year yet...

Posted by: natslifer | March 29, 2010 3:35 PM | Report abuse

@ + 1/2 Street (btw...STILL the best moniker on this board):

Or does this mean more doubts about Flores?

Posted by: TimDz | March 29, 2010 3:42 PM | Report abuse

The article said he was going to AAA to be a mentor. They probably wanted someone to catch Jesus in AAA for the next month or so. Think about it, who do the have in AAA? I could see Nieves going down fo a month to work with him since they have a bond. Then they could ship Coste down to AAA and bring Will and Jesus up together. Coste could also mentor Norris in AAA when they move him up.

Posted by: hansenjo | March 29, 2010 4:17 PM | Report abuse

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