WASHINGTON — The Nationals have officially reinstated starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg to the active roster. He will make his first start Wednesday against the Braves since Aug. 17, his last — a 12-10 loss to Colorado — before going on the disabled list with elbow soreness.
Strasburg was off to the best start of his career, going 15-1 with a 2.63 ERA and 161 strikeouts over his first 20 starts. He lost three consecutive starts in his most recent outings, allowing 19 runs over 11.2 innings for a 14.66 ERA before heading to the disabled list with elbow soreness.
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“As far as how long he’s going to go tonight, we don’t really know what his endurance level is, but we urge him to be honest with us,” manager Dusty Baker said of Strasburg. “And if he’s teetering, I mean you can tell when you’re about to approach your limit on that day. Nobody knows better than the pitcher. Now, if I see a sinker-ball pitcher throwing a lot of fly balls, then that’s an indication to me that he’s getting the ball up and he’s tiring. I’m just hoping that he comes out firing.
“I asked him, I said, ‘Hey, are you ready?’ He goes, ‘Yeah.’ And I asked him, ‘Are you psyched?’ [He] said, ‘Yeah.’ I said, ‘Are you chomping at the bit?’ And he answered all the questions with a ‘yes,’ so it’s a go.”
The Nationals also reinstated infielder Stephen Drew, who’s been suffering from vertigo-like symptoms, from the 15-day disabled list.
“He’s chomping at the bit and we’re glad to have him back,” Baker said of Drew. “We’re not really sure to what capacity we’re going to use him in yet.”
“We still have to be cautious about how much, and when, or whatever it is, and I’m asking him to be honest with us as possible, you know, to tell us if he feels anything, because that’s a dangerous game out there that we play and especially if you’ve got something wrong with you. We’ll see.”