Saturday, August 27, 2011
Stephen Strasburg took another step towards possibly rejoining the Washington Nationals in September. The right-hander, coming off Tommy John Surgery and making his fifth rehab start and first with the Triple-A Syracuse Chiefs, threw five perfect innings against the Rochester Red Wings (Twins affiliate) before the dynamic duo of Aaron Bates and Steve Holm led off the top of the sixth with consecutive singles.
Craig Stammen, who reportedly is going to have Craig Stammen Surgery after the 2011 season, allowed one of the inherited runners to score, so Strasburg's final line was 5 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 7 K. That's a lot better than the 23-year old pitched with the Single-A Hagerstown Suns when he made three starts and allowed seven earned runs in just 6 1/3 IP (though most of the damage came in the middle start when he allowed five earned runs). Strasburg also made one start with the Single-A Potomac Nationals and threw three, two-hit innings and struck out five.
The saddest part about Strasburg's start Saturday is that Rochester right fielder Brian Dinkelman went 0-for-2 with a strike out. That means Brian Dinkelman Bobblehead Night, scheduled for Rochester's next home game, August 30 against Pawtucket, has been cancelled.