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Stephen Strasburg's next start is May 18

It's official: Stephen Strasburg's next start for the AAA Syracuse Chiefs will be May 18 at Rochester. That gives him an extra day off. "Strasburg is being given an extra day of rest in accordance to the pitching plan laid out by Mike Rizzo and Spin Williams," the Nationals' news release said.

As Adam Kilgore reported earlier,

The takeaway from that decision may reverberate in Washington. If Strasburg gets an extra day of rest in between his next three starts, he will have made five starts in Class AAA, 10 minor league starts in total, by May 30.
Five days later, on June 4, the Nationals open a homestand against the Cincinnati Reds. By then, the time to delay Strasburg's arbitration clock will definitely be up. The Nationals could start Strasburg on June 4 and then bring him back for June 10 (the Nats have a day off June 7) against the Pittsburgh Pirates, the final game of the six-game homestand.

By Alexa Steele  |  May 13, 2010; 2:20 PM ET
 
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Comments

He is the best minor league pitcher ever... in the world.

Posted by: chillsonic | May 13, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse


He is the best minor league pitcher ever... in the world.


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Totally! We are definitely the number one team in the 2009-2010 off season!

Posted by: Section506 | May 13, 2010 2:35 PM | Report abuse

If Strasburg is as good as he is supposed to be. WTF do we care about arbitration? we will sign him and have to try to keep him as long as we can

Posted by: tdogjuwan | May 13, 2010 2:37 PM | Report abuse

Looking at the Syr and Was schedules, doesn't this imply a debut of either June 2 in Houston or June 8 in DC? (Seems to me his natural start would be on May 28, not May 30.)

Posted by: kjm1971 | May 13, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse

His first two starts at home. Beginning of a homestand on a Friday night against Cincy. Last game of the homestand on a Thursday against the Buccos. Doesn't that seem like the absolute best case scenario for the front office?

Posted by: ArlingtonNatsFan | May 13, 2010 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Storen almost has to come up first ... that's when we'll really know.

Posted by: periculum | May 13, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

ESPN guesses June 8th against Pittsburgh taking advantage of a built-in off day. June 3rd: Storen gets his slot.

Posted by: periculum | May 13, 2010 2:53 PM | Report abuse

Looking at the Syr and Was schedules, doesn't this imply a debut of either June 2 in Houston or June 8 in DC? (Seems to me his natural start would be on May 28, not May 30.)

Posted by: kjm1971


The story mentions the possibilty of extra rest after the next 2 starts to, so he will be going on a 6-day schedule, not 5. So his 3rd start is May 18, his 4th start in AAA on May 24, and his final start on May 30. Then, on the normal 5th day rotation, he starts on June 4 and then June 9 or 10, giving him 2 starts in front of the home crowds.

Posted by: Dougmacintyre | May 13, 2010 2:57 PM | Report abuse

Well they need to announce the official date soon so that all those Phillie fans will have time to arrange their bus tours!

Posted by: lowcountry | May 13, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse

And when he hits his inning limit in September, he backs up McNabb at QB...

Posted by: nattydread1 | May 13, 2010 3:14 PM | Report abuse

@nattydread1: ROFL

Posted by: Meridian1 | May 13, 2010 3:20 PM | Report abuse

With Strasburg batting .375 and Stammen somewhere around .350 can we find a way to get them on the field on the days they are not pitching? Maybe Riggleman can do a rotation with Bernadina in RF like he does with Kennedy, Desmond & Guzman at SS/2B. :)

Posted by: CHAMP1464 | May 13, 2010 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Pitching Strasburg every 6th day for his next 3 starts does not seem like the right way to prepare him for MLB.
I can see them adding a day before this next start, but doing that again 2 more times, that's odd. I'm inclined to doubt that will happen.

Posted by: Sunderland | May 13, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Prepare for MLB = making sure he's not a free agent going into 2016. And keeping him in AAA to prevent that is one of the best preparations for the business of baseball I can think of.

Posted by: Section506 | May 13, 2010 4:03 PM | Report abuse

I'm a gambler. Just bought four for June 4. Let's go Strasburg!

Posted by: scorekeeper | May 13, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

gotta say, from a front office, ticket sales perspective, 2 games during that homestand would be ideal.

If there was less concern over the arbitration date, I could see the week before in San Diego, letting him break in at home, but they would likely think that would be pushing their luck.

Posted by: Rogueone | May 13, 2010 6:09 PM | Report abuse

gotta say, from a front office, ticket sales perspective, 2 games during that homestand would be ideal.

If there was less concern over the arbitration date, I could see the week before in San Diego, letting him break in at home, but they would likely think that would be pushing their luck.

Posted by: Rogueone | May 13, 2010 6:09 PM | Report abuse


nobody would be dumb enough to let this guy make his first appearance on the the road. this is the best chance we have to sell out the stadium jackass

Posted by: willfacc10 | May 13, 2010 7:19 PM | Report abuse

Food vendors have been told to come in en masse June 4. I think that answers our question. Both Cinc and Pitt series are also blacked out for cashing in rewards chits.

Posted by: paulkp | May 13, 2010 11:15 PM | Report abuse

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