Reporting Chuck Carroll
LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — The Washington Nationals will welcome Stephen Strasburg back from the 15-day disabled list Sunday afternoon when he pitches a Father’s Day rubber match against the Cleveland Indians.
Strasburg has been activated from the 15-day disabled list in time to pitch in the Plumb City series finale, general manager Mike Rizzo announced Sunday morning.
The right hander has been shelved since May 31 after suffering a strained back muscle pitching against the Atlanta Braves. He was removed from the game after two innings of work.
Strasburg is 3-5 this season with a 2.54 ERA and 73 strike outs. The Indians will counter the Nats’ ace with righty Corey Kluber (3-3).
Davey Johnson says Strasburg will not be held to a strict pitch limit.
Xavier Cedeno has been optioned to Triple-A Syracuse to make room for Strasburg on the Roster. The 26-year-old lefty pitched in two relief appearances and did not surrender a run.