Nationals have plans for Strasburg

Right-hander Stephen Strasburg, the Nationals’ No. 1 pick in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft, is tentatively scheduled to be introduced at a press conference Friday at Nationals Park.

Strasburg will stay with the team until Monday and then go to Viera, Fla., to get his arm back in shape. He hasn’t pitched in a competitive game since late May.

The Nationals are hoping that Strasburg will pitch in the Instructional League and then play in the Arizona Fall League.

Acting general manager Mike Rizzo said it’s highly unlikely that Strasburg will pitch in the Major Leagues this season or at the start of next season. 

“Strasburg hasn’t pitched competitively since the 28th of May, so typically it’s a four or five week process to ramp him up [and let him pitch competitively],” Rizzo said. “It’s very unlikely [that he will pitch in the big leagues]. We expect to develop him at a usual pace. Hopefully, when he gets to the big leagues, he is ready to be here and he is everything that we think he is going to be here.”

Strasburg, 20, went 13-1 with a 1.32 ERA in 15 starts this season at San Diego State University en route to being named the Golden Spikes Award winner. He struck out 195 batters and issued just 19 walks in 109 innings.

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