Nationals reinstate Strasburg ahead of start vs Braves

Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg delivers a pitch to Colorado Rockies' Charlie Blackmon in the first second inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016 in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
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WASHINGTON (AP) The Washington Nationals reinstated right-hander Stephen Strasburg from the disabled list in advance of his scheduled start against the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday night.

General manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement. Strasburg (15-4, 3.59 ERA) has not pitched since Aug. 17 because of right elbow soreness.

Before going on the disabled list, Strasburg allowed 19 runs over his final three starts, including nine over 1 2/3 innings in a loss to Colorado last time out. He is 2-1 with a 4.26 ERA in three starts against Atlanta this season.

The team also returned from rehab and reinstated infielder Stephen Drew from the 15-day disabled list. Drew missed 40 games because of vertigo-like symptoms. He is hitting .262 with seven homers and 17 RBIs in 51 games.