Milone and the return of Strasburg

While Nationals fans have plenty to celebrate right now with last night’s dominating 9-2 win over the Atlanta Braves, they also have more to look forward to in the coming weekend. With Jordan Zimmermann officially done for the year due to a limit on the amount of innings he would pitch this season, according to Nats Manager Davey Johnson, Tom Milone will be making his Major League debut on Saturday. Milone was a 10th-round pick in the 2008 First-Year Player Draft and went 12-6 during his time in the Minors this year. He posted an impressive 3.22 ERA and allowed just 16 walks over 148.1 innings pitched.

Perhaps just as exciting as Milone’s debut will be the expected return of Stephen Strasburg who, as Davey Johnson declared earlier this week, could take the mound on Tuesday, September 6 when the Nationals host the Dodgers. Strasburg was absolutely dominant in his last rehabilitation start at Triple-A Syracuse, throwing five perfect innings before finally allowing a hit in the sixth against the Rochester Red Wings. Strasburg has been recovering from Tommy John Surgery since going under the knife in August of last year, and if he returns to the Majors on Tuesday, it would be just a year and a week after his surgery. Strasburg is scheduled to make one more start in the Minors at Double-A Harrisburg and is expected to throw roughly 80 pitches.

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