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Strasburg (5-5) earned the win in the first game of Sunday's doubleheader, allowing two earned runs on four hits and one walk while striking out a season-high nine batters in seven innings against the Phillies.

That's now 15 strikeouts and just eight hits allowed in 12 innings for the 26-year-old since returning from the DL. Strasburg threw only 68 of his 113 pitches for strikes Sunday, but was successful in stifling the Phillies' offense regardless, with a Jeff Francoeur two-run homer accounting for the extent of the damage against him. He will look to keep it going against the Giants this weekend.

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Strasburg was named the starter for Game 1 of Sunday's doubleheader against the Phillies, Mark Zuckerman of CSN Washington reports.

Strasburg was scheduled to start Sunday anyway, so Saturday's rainout won't change his pitching schedule. The team hasn't named a starter for Game 2 of the doubleheader at this point, but the rainout could change the rotation order a bit the next time through.

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Strasburg pitched well in his return from the disabled list, shutting out the Braves for five innings.

Strasburg struck out six and allowed just five baserunners. After struggling through his first 10 starts of the season before hitting the DL, the Nats' ace finished an outing without allowing a run for the first time this season. He'll try to build off the strong start this weekend against the Phillies.

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Strasburg (neck) was reinstated from the disabled list Tuesday.

Strasburg will return to start Tuesday's game against the Braves, making his first appearance since May 29. He's struggled so far this season, but his rehab outing with Double-A Harrisburg went well, and he gets to face a weak Atlanta lineup that won't have Freddie Freeman (wrist).

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Strasburg (neck) threw a bullpen session Saturday, Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post reports.

After a positive rehab outing with Double-A Harrisburg on Wednesday, Strasburg completed a bullpen session Saturday in preparation for his return from the DL. Manager Matt Williams is optimistic that Strasburg could return to the rotation soon, saying he sees "no reason why" he couldn't make next start in big leagues. If everything remains on track, the Nationals' right-hander may return to the mound on Tuesday to face the Braves.

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Strasburg (neck) did some work in the field Friday, including taking ground balls and practicing covering first, Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post reports.

Strasburg was impressive in his rehab outing Wednesday, consistently hitting in the mid-to-upper 90s with his fastball. There is still no word on when Strasburg will be activated from the disabled list, but the decision should come down in the next few days.

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Strasburg (neck) gave up two runs (one earned) on four hits and zero walks while striking out six in a five-inning rehab start for Double-A Harrisburg on Wednesday.

He threw 71 pitches (48 strikes) and his fastball was clocked in the 95-97 mph range. The Nationals will now have to decide in the coming days if Strasburg needs another rehab outing or if he is ready to rejoin the big league rotation. That decision wont' be made until Thursday at the earliest as the team will wait to see how he feels one day removed from the start, but owners should know the next step for the enigmatic righty sometime this week.

Stephen Strasburg SP WAS 2 weeks ago

Strasburg (neck) is scheduled to make a rehab start for Double-A Harrisburg on Wednesday, James Wagner of the Washington Post reports.

Strasburg threw a 60-pitch batting practice session Friday, and he's now been throwing for nearly two weeks. Having last pitched in a game May 29, he may only need one rehab outing before rejoining the Washington rotation.

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Strasburg (neck) threw a 60-pitch live batting practice session Friday, James Wagner of the Washington Post reports.

The right-hander incorporated all of his pitches and felt good, according to manager Matt Williams. It sounds like the club will wait and see how Strasburg responds in the coming days before deciding on a course of action, but a minor league rehab start would be the logical next step.

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Strasburg (neck) emerged from Saturday's bullpen session with no issues and is likely to throw another session later htis week, Mark Zuckerman of CSN reports.

Strasburg remains without a firm timetable, but Zuckerman's report notes that rehab starts will be necessary before he returns to the Nationals. As a result, a mid-to-late-June return seems likely, barring a setback.